Oki Electric Enhances its ASIC Product
Offerings Through Collaboration with UMC
Tokyo, Japan and Hsinchu, Taiwan, March 10, 2003
-- Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. (TSE 6703), Japan's leading electronics
manufacturing company, and world leading semiconductor foundry UMC
(NYSE UMC) announced today that a new ASIC product line will be
introduced by Oki. This marks the first result of comprehensive
business partnership between the two companies announced on September
4, 2002. The new ASIC product line from Oki, the MG7xK family, uses
UMC's 0.15µm process.
"The agreement is essential for Oki in that
it enables us to offer 0.15µm SoC (system-on-chip) products
to customers more quickly, in response to high-performance design
requirements. This is made possible by the continuing joint efforts
between the two companies to port Oki's intellectual property (IP)
cores to UMC's libraries and process technology," said Katsuhiko
Sano, President of the Silicon Solutions Company at Oki Electric.
"We believe our new ASIC is a welcome result of the partnership,
delivering major benefits to our customers."
John Hsuan, UMC Vice Chairman and CEO, said,
"We have achieved many positive results from our productive
relationship with Oki, and are pleased our cooperative efforts have
led to the introduction of their MG7xK ASIC product family based
on UMC's 0.15um process. UMC is committed to building mutually beneficial,
long-term relationships with our foundry customers, and we look
forward to accomplishing many more new milestones with Oki."
Under the alliance with UMC, Oki Electric will
provide its entire portfolio of strategic IP for use in the foundry's
Gold IP program. Customers can access various Oki IP offerings
through UMC's Gold IP program, including the licensed ARM® µProcessor
cores and its µPLAT® design platform, as well as standard
Gold IP offerings such as high performance ADCs and DACs, SERDES,
and high-speed I/Os. The partnership allows Oki customers to reduce
the cost and time of their design efforts by giving them proven
IP solutions with UMC's qualified silicon cores, which are already
in volume production.
By integrating design rules and process parameters
with UMC under the partnership, Oki's new ASICs, the MG7xK family
(MG74K/75K/76K), benefits Oki's customers, cutting the time to production
to less than six months for development and release of a fully tested,
production ready 0.15µmless than half the industry norm of
12 - 18 months. This shortened time-to-production is achieved by
using UMC's proven 0.15µm manufacturing process which allows
Oki to bypass the production ramp-up stage and the learning curve
typically needed during the transition to smaller geometries.
The new MG7xK family improves speed per gate
for more than 30% and 20% higher integration. It also offers a 25%
reduction in power consumption. This system ASIC is ideal for use
in network equipment, PC peripherals, and general electronic appliances.
For dramatically shorter development times, it supports the µPLAT,
Oki's integrated platform solution for system LSI development, which
is based on ARM7TDMI and ARM946E-S.
Oki will begin marketing the new MG7xK family
in April 2003. As an added benefit of the foundry relationship,
Oki plans to migrate to 0.13µm ASIC products within the next
Characteristics of Oki's MG7xK Family
- Power supply voltage: 1.5V (core), 3.3V (I/O)
- Total number of metal layers: 4 layers (MG74K), 5 layers (MG75K),
6 layers (MG76K)
- Maximum number of gates: 10M
- Maximum number of I/O pads: 868
- Memory: Synchronous single/dual port SRAM, ROM
- Interface: SSTL-2, 5V tolerant, USB, PCI, PLL
- IP: ARM7TDMI, AMR946E-S, ADC/DAC, USB2.0, JPEG, SSCG
- Package: QFP, TQFP, LQFP, BGA, LFBGA, LGA
About Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
Founded more than a century ago in 1881, Oki Electric Industry Co.,
Ltd. is Japan's first telecommunications manufacturer, headquartered
in Tokyo, Japan. Oki Electric provides customers with top-quality
products, technologies and solutions for telecommunications systems,
information systems and electronic devices through its corporate
vision, "Oki, Network Solutions for a Global Society."
Visit Oki's global web site at http://www.oki.com/.
- ADC: Analog-to-Digital Converter
- DAC: Digital-to-Analog Converter
- SERDES: Serializer/Deserializer
- Gold IP is a trademark of United Microelectronics Corp.
- µPLAT is a registered trademark of Oki Electric Industry
Co., Ltd. in Japan, Germany and the UK.
- ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. ARM7TDMI and AMR946E-S
are trademarks of ARM Limited.
- All other trademarks and product names are the property of their
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Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
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