- Relationships with Socle and ICC reduce obstacles for customers with cost-efficient design services combined with affordable IP licensing option
- LSI Logic's synthesized hard macro ZSP400 solutions offer lower entry costs and faster time-to-market
- Ideal solutions for multimedia, wireless and voice applications
MILPITAS, Calif., June 22, 2004 - LSI Logic Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced two separate ZSP digital signal processor (DSP) licensing agreements with Asian-based integrated circuit (IC) design firms. The agreements provide a tremendous boost to the regions ability to deliver cost-efficient DSP-based system-on-chip (SoC) solutions. Both Taiwan-based Socle Technology and China-based ICC have selected the LSI Logic ZSP400 DSP to address the increasing demand for intellectual property (IP) and SoC design services in Asia. Both companies focus on high growth markets such as wireless and consumer electronics where DSP technology is a fundamental requirement.
Socle, who specializes in comprehensive SoC design services, is licensing the LSI Logic ZSP400 hard macro for use in its own multimedia platform, which will enable customers to design optimized audio/video SoC solutions. Socle has strong partnerships with multiple foundries across Asia. LSI Logic and Socle plan to expand the partnership to include additional ZSP cores and technologies.
The LSI Logic ZSP400 DSP supports a wide range of audio and video standards with improved quality and functionality. Such comprehensive solutions from LSI Logic enable Socle to offer a leading multimedia platform with the best price/performance ratio, said Socle president Mr. David Lyou. By utilizing the ZSP400, Socles
customers benefit from ease of integration as well as reduced IP investment, time-to market and design risk.
ICC, the most advanced incubator for fabless IC companies in China, provides EDA tools, Multi-Purpose Wafer (MPW) and testing services. By collaborating with LSI Logic, the China Semiconductor Association and other premier institutes, ICC provides the critical support required by many China IC companies to quickly and effectively develop competitive products.
With the addition of the ZSP400 hard macro, ICC is now able to offer complete DSP and microcontroller SoC platforms, said Wang Ye, vice president of ICC. The ZSP400s proven combination performance, power and code density significantly reduces the investment and risk of Chinas small to medium size IC design and technology development companies.
LSI Logic, Socle and ICC are dedicated to reducing obstacles in DSP-based SoC design in Asia by lowering the overall cost of IP licensing and speeding time-to-market. LSI Logic provides Socle and ICC with a completed physical design and verification platform of the ZSP400 core for popular foundry processes such as TSMC, UMC and SMIC. Socle and ICC combine the ZSP400 hard macro with their own IP to complete a SoC platform. As authorized ZSP partners, Socle and ICC may also provide their customers with a cost-efficient IP licensing option for SoC evaluation and pre-production design.
The addition of Socle and ICC to our growing number of licensees in Asia is a tribute to the ZSP DSPs perfect architectural balance of performance, power and cost, plus local support infrastructure, said Tuan Dao, vice president of LSI Logics DSP Division. We are delighted to partner with Socle and ICC to strengthen the development of SoC designs in Asia and to provide low-cost access to DSP solutions.
Besides Socle and ICC, LSI Logic has recently signed ZSP DSP licensing agreements in Asia with UTStarcom, a leading provider of IP accessing network solutions; AVID Electronics Corp., a producer of digital audio/video system products; and Datang Microsystems, who applies the ZSP technology in multiple wireless and security products. World-class companies such as Broadcom, Conexant, IBM and VIA Telecom are also licensees of the ZSP architecture.
About the LSI Logic ZSP400 and the ZSP Family of DSP Cores
The ZSP400 DSP core is a four-way, dual-MAC DSP core that has found wide acceptance in telephony, multimedia and wireless applications. Offering great performance, low-power and best-in-class code density plus wide-ranging third party support, the ZSP400 is the leading licensable DSP solution for cost and time-to-market sensitive applications.
The LSI Logic ZSP DSP technology provides the most comprehensive solutions for SoC available today. These licensable and fully synthesizable cores have proven themselves in SoC and standard products alike. For more information about the ZSP DSP family please visit LSI Logic at http://www.zsp.com/
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.