For the ASAP and STAR ULP SRAMs, the combination of banking, plus divided wordlines enable the memories to operate at 0.046mW/MHz worst case for a 256 kilobit (Kb) memory. In addition, the generated ULP SRAMs range from 128Kb to 512Kb. For the STAR ULP ROM, it is the reduction in standby leakage in the memory that delivers the biggest breakthrough in terms of saved power consumption which is by 1,706 percent (0.031mW/MHz worse case for a 1Mb memory). Geared towards applications that require megabits of memory, STAR ULP ROMs can be generated ranging from 64Kb to 16Mb.
"TSMC's collaboration with Virage Logic gives our mutual customers access to compilers optimized for portable applications," said Kurt Wolf, director of IP and library marketing at TSMC. "Cost-effective, next generation SoC designs for wireless and consumer products will require integration of large amounts of repairable memory in a power-efficient environment. Virage Logic's new ULP platform makes both possible."
The STAR SRAM and ROM will also be available as part of Virage Logic's newly announced Re-configurable STAR Memory System, providing a comprehensive test and repair solution for these memories when embedded in multi-megabit quantities. The company now extends its technology for increasing yield and lowering total manufacturing costs to the ROM products as well.
Availability and Pricing
The SRAM embedded memories will be available first on TSMC's 0.18- and 0.13-micron logic processes, while the ROM will be available first on TSMC's 0.13-micron process with front-ends available today and ready-to-manufacture silicon between now and the end of the fourth quarter of 2002. Pricing for the ASAP ULP SRAM starts at $57,000 (U.S. list price); STAR ULP SRAM pricing starts at $130,000 (U.S. list price); the STAR ULP ROM starts at $200,000 (U.S. list price).
About Virage Logic
Virage Logic (Nasdaq: VIRL) is a global leader in embedded memory. To meet customer design goals with the highest level of quality, Virage Logic products are silicon proven and production ready, and optimized for area, power and speed. These products include embedded memory cores, as well as software tools and custom memory design services. The company's customers include fabless semiconductor companies who use pure-play foundries and other semiconductor companies. The company has over 200 employees and is located at 46501 Landing Pkwy., Fremont, Calif., 94538. Telephone: (877) 360-6690 (toll free) or (510) 360-8000. Fax: (510) 360-8099.
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