- Available now for designs in 0.11 micron process technology
- Integrated SerDes up to 4.25 Gbps, compliant with multiple standards
- Up to 400 MHz performance for on-chip processors
- From 2.9 to 18 million available ASIC gates and 1.1 to 10 million bits of embedded RAM
MILPITAS, Calif., July 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LSI Logic Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today unveiled two new families of pre-built slices, the RapidChip(TM) Xtreme and the RapidChip(TM) Integrator. The Xtreme family is optimized for high performance, high-bandwidth, market specific applications such as communications, storage and computing. While the Integrator family also targets these markets, it is additionally suited for uses in consumer electronics, industrial, security, instrumentation, imaging and others. Both families use 0.11-micron process technology and build upon the RapidChip value proposition, providing designers with fast, predictable and affordable custom logic solutions ( http://www.lsilogic.com/products/platform/slicefamilies.html ).
"With the announcement of two new RapidChip families, LSI Logic extends its leadership position in developing innovative products that deliver the fastest time to custom silicon at the lowest total cost," said Dr. Handel Jones, founder and CEO of International Business Strategies, Inc. (IBS). "The platform ASIC approach allows more design teams effective access to complex SoCs in sub-micron design for a broad range of applications in as little as six months. RapidChip significantly expands the end-market opportunities that can be met by LSI Logic from a cost and performance perspective."
The Xtreme family provides system and custom logic designers access to unprecedented levels of functionality and bandwidth at an affordable price. The family is ideally suited to address the needs of the most demanding high I/O bandwidth applications by leveraging LSI Logic's proven-in-silicon and standards-compliant SerDes technology. The Xtreme family currently supports slices with 8, 16 or 32 GigaBlaze(R) channels of up to 4.25 gigabits-per-second (Gbps) SerDes, compliant with standards such as 1 and 10Gbit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, Serial ATA, Serial Attached SCSI and PCI Express. Complementing GigaBlaze, the Xtreme family also includes support for LSI Logic's proven HyperPHY(TM) transceivers, at 155 to 3200 Mb/s per channel, enabling multiple OIF SPI4.2 and SFI4.1 link interfaces.
Additionally available to the designer is a choice of high-speed memory interfaces such as DDR, DDR2, RLDRAM2, FCRAM3 and QDR with widths up to 144 bits and up to 250MHz/500Mbit per channel. All Xtreme slices utilize performance optimized flip chip packaging.
The Integrator family is engineered for mainstream logic applications with ASIC gate counts ranging from 2.9 to 9.8 million combined with on-chip RAM up to 5.3Mbits. Integrator customers are able to migrate between slices using the same low-cost wirebond package while maintaining the same board layout. With support for 200MHz and 400Mbit DDR memory interfaces, system designers are assured of ASIC design flexibility (greater than 25 levels of logic) with predictable layout turn-around times.
Across the Xtreme and Integrator families, designers can leverage the entire range of LSI Logic's CoreWare(R) library in either soft/firm or pre-diffused forms. In addition to the extensive range of high speed interfaces already mentioned, this library also includes processor cores such as the firm ARM7TDMI-S, ARM966E-S and the pre-diffused ARM926EJ-S, ARM1026EJ-S, ARM1136J-S and MIPS64 5Kf cores enabling up to 400 MHz performance along with associated subsystems and peripherals.
One of the many benefits of RapidChip is to provide innovative, smaller companies access to ASIC technology and IP at lower development costs and lower risk. This is opening up many new markets, enabling LSI Logic to engage with a new set of customers either directly or through distribution partners. White Rock Networks (http://www.whiterock.com/) is one such customer engaged and serviced through LSI Logic distribution partner, Arrow Electronics, Inc. (www.arrow.com).
"We chose LSI Logic's RapidChip program over other solutions because it gave us the best combination of technology and pricing," said Lonnie Martin, founder and CEO of White Rock Networks. "White Rock offers market-leading SONET and DWDM (dense wave-division multiplexer) optical solutions that provide our carrier customers with best-of-breed price, performance, and functionality. Our ASIC development initiatives, coupled with our unique product architecture, are major factors in enabling White Rock to meet its business goals. We are pleased that LSI Logic and Arrow Electronics, Inc. are our partners in this endeavor."
Pricing and Availability
Two slices from the Xtreme family and four slices from the Integrator family are available for design now. Pricing for the entry level slice starts at $25.00 for 100,000 units/year quantities in 2004. Customer designs using the RapidChip Xtreme and Integrator families are already underway, with first silicon available within 60 days.
The RapidChip ( http://www.lsilogic.com/products/platform/index.html ) 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(R) 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(TM) (http://www.lsilogic.com/products/platform/rapidworx.html), 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 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 .
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