FREMONT, Calif. -- Virage Logic Corp. here today announced it will supply embedded memory technology to LM Ericsson's microelectronics subsidiary for volume production of ICs used in wireless systems, starting later this year.
Ericsson Microelectronics in Sweden will use a range of embedded memory technologies from Virage, including the company's Custom-Touch SRAMs, Self-Test and Repair (STAR) memories, and NetCAM products.
The agreement makes available Virage's embedded memories for production of ICs at multiple silicon foundries, including Chartered Semiconductor, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC). These devices will be produced with 0.18-, 0.13- and 0.10-micron process technologies over the next several years.
Memory technology has become "critical to the next-generation of wireless communication products, like Bluetooth applications," said Vincent Ratford, vice president of marketi ng at Virage Logic. Ericsson Microelectronics has already begun development of ICs with the embedded memory technology and is expected to move those designs into production by the end of 2001.