MILLION-GATE VIRTEX FPGA DELIVERED BY UMC GROUP - XILINX TEAM
UMC Group foundry, development of 0.22um process completed ahead
of schedule while 0.35 micron process achieves record defect densities
SAN JOSE, Calif., November 30, 1998: The United Silicon Inc. (USIC)
wafer foundry in Taiwan, in which UMC Group and Xilinx (NASDAQ:XLNX)
are equity partners, has successfully completed development of an
advanced 0.22 micron process technology. The new one-poly, five-layer
metal (1P/5M) dual-voltage process enabled the production of the
new Xilinx Virtex series of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs),
including the industry's first million-gate device. Xilinx began
sampling the million-gate Virtex FPGA in October and expects to
begin production of all nine members of the Virtex product line
during the first quarter of 1999.
0.22um process is a second-generation 0.25 micron technology from
UMC Group. The manufacturing technology allows for significant die
size reduction while maintaining the 2.5-volt operation.
with exceptional companies like Xilinx is great for UMC Group and
has challenged us to bring our process technology to the forefront
of the semiconductor industry. We believe that UMC Group is currently
the only dedicated foundry with significant production volumes at
0.25 micron, and the only one offering a 0.22 micron process,"
said Frank Wen, president of UMC Group Company USIC. "Our engineers
continue to work closely with foundry partners such as Xilinx to
meet their performance, yield, cost and time-to-market requirements."
been extremely pleased with the progress made at USIC and with the
technical prowess of UMC Group in general," said Dennis Segers,
vice president of FPGA development at Xilinx and general manager
of the company's high end FPGA business unit.
addition to the 0.22 micron process technology, the USIC foundry
also has been in high volume production of the Xilinx XC4000XL FPGA
devices since mid-year as a qualified second source. Working closely
with UMC Group, we have quickly managed to achieve record defect
densities with the 0.35 micron process that is used to make these
devices," Segers said
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