- Usable in both RapidChip and cell-based ASIC System-on-a-Chip (SoC) designs
- Higher level of abstraction shortens design time and reduces complexity
- Proven and easy to integrate complete CoreWare IP subsystem reduces risk
MILPITAS, Calif., July 14, 2003 - LSI Logic Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today introduced CoreWare® Subsystems for use in its RapidChip™ and System-on-a-Chip (SoC) designs. CoreWare Subsystems combine multiple IP components from LSI Logic's proven CoreWare library in a single, pre-integrated, pre-verified subsystem. CoreWare Subsystems are a natural evolution from the company's pioneering efforts for IP reuse in SoC designs, a concept that revolutionized ASIC design over a decade ago.
By raising the level of abstraction from a IP re-use perspective, CoreWare Subsystems reduce the risk and design time associated with developing a custom SoC, while providing enough flexibility to allow differentiation for customer solutions. When combined with the RapidChip Platform, this provides the only complete solution in the industry to reduce design complexity from all key aspects, i.e., IP integration, silicon platform and design flow. This complete solution enables customers to reduce overall development time and project costs by as much as half.
"Using optimized CoreWare Subsystems, customers no longer need to spend valuable development time building and verifying IP subsystems, but can focus their energies on differentiating logic or secret sauce for their end applications," said Rafi Kedem, senior director, CoreWare Technology Group at LSI Logic. "Having a common IP portfolio provides real value to customers using our RapidChip and cell-based ASICs, providing fewer steps to a quick, seamless migration path to the economies of scale of a cell-based ASIC."
LSI Logic is already engaged with multiple customers on CoreWare Subsystem-based designs. These include ARM and MIPS processor-based subsystems, which are software and operating system-ready; subsystems providing serializer/deserializer (SerDes) along with the associated standards-compliant protocol layer IP; as well as subsystems to address complete high-speed memory interface solutions. All CoreWare Subsystems are pre-verified, and provide a full set of deliverables to be easily integrated by the end customer. This eliminates the need for the customer to build these subsystems from scratch.
LSI Logic is a leading ASIC/SoC/Platforms solution provider. The company offers unprecedented versatility for ASIC/SoC/Platforms and standard products for the communications, consumer and storage markets. LSI Logic's extensive library of CoreWare IP offers proven, easy to integrate, performance-leading cores, including GigaBlaze® and HyperPHY™ high-speed standards compliant SerDes, ARM and MIPS processors, licensable ZSP® DSP cores, processor subsystem peripherals and AMBA on-chip-bus structures, USB cores, Memory PHYS and Controllers, Ethernet MAC and PHY cores, PCI, PCI-X, PCI Express, XGXS, SPI4.2 and other protocol layer IP.
The RapidChip semiconductor platform combines the high-density, high-performance benefits of cell-based ASICs with the fast time-to-market and customization benefits of FPGAs, and the proven IP benefits of ASSPs. Targeting the Communications, Storage, Consumer and other markets, RapidChip uses LSI Logic's high-performance field-tested CoreWare IP, customizable logic, embedded memory, and innovative design concepts to significantly reduce design and manufacturing risk and costs. RapidChip also provides a fast and seamless migration path to full standard-cell ASIC - driving unit costs even lower.
All RapidChip platform ASIC products are supported by RapidWorx™, a rule-based design system that ensures first-pass silicon success. RapidWorx achieves this through the combination of a streamlined design flow, rule-based methodology and automated, correct-by-construction tools. Using RapidWorx, customers quickly achieve design handoff that allows LSI Logic to tape-out to manufacturing as fast as one million gates per week.
Information on RapidChip technology is available through LSI Logic's direct sales channels and worldwide distribution partners.
About LSI Logic Corporation
LSI Logic Corporation (NYSE: LSI) is a leading designer and manufacturer of communications, consumer and storage semiconductors for applications that access, interconnect and store data, voice and video. In addition, the company supplies storage network solutions for the enterprise. LSI Logic is headquartered at 1621 Barber Lane, Milpitas, CA 95035, http://www.lsilogic.com.