Virtex-6 FPGA Family Achieves Full Production Qualification on UMC's
High-Performance 40nm Process
high-performance FPGA family achieves all manufacturing qualification
targets and enters volume production
HSINCHU, Taiwan, and San Jose, Calif. Jan
20, 2010 - UMC (NYSE: UMC; TSE: 2303), a leading global semiconductor
foundry, and Xilinx Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) today announced they have
fully qualified the Virtex®-6
FPGA family on the foundry's high-performance 40nm logic process.
The qualification is the result of the close work between engineering
teams from both companies to further enhance yield, reliability
and cycle time. The full qualification of the Virtex-6 family signifies
the transition to 40nm volume production following UMC's first shipments
of the devices in March 2009.
"We highly value the ongoing execution of
our long time manufacturing partner UMC," said Xilinx CEO Moshe
Gavrielov. "We have collaborated together to deliver several
generations of industry leading FPGA families."
"This 40nm achievement follows a long history
of successful product family launches with Xilinx," said UMC
CEO Dr. Shih-Wei Sun. "Today's production readiness of the
40nm Virtex-6 family underscores our ongoing commitment to Xilinx
and our long-term partnership."
Built using third-generation Xilinx ASMBLTM
architecture, the Virtex-6 FPGA family delivers 15% higher performance
and 15% lower power consumption compared to competitive 40nm FPGA
offerings. The devices operate on a 1.0v core voltage with an available
0.9v low-power option and are supported by a new generation of development
tools delivered by ISE® Design Suite 11 and a vast library of IP already available for the
market leading 65-nm Virtex-5 FPGA family to ensure productive development
and design migration.
"Reaching the production milestone means
we have stable and predictable yields that allow us to meet our
growing customer demands reliably," said Vincent Tong, Xilinx
Senior Vice President, New Product Introductions and Worldwide Quality.
"This would not be possible without the joint collaboration
with UMC where we used Xilinx's next generation FPGA diagnostic
tools along with UMC's rapid info-turn yield learning vehicles to
achieve significant yield and quality improvement of 40nm."
Early engagement, design for manufacturing and
an effective test vehicle process are also contributing to the successful
roll-out of the Virtex-6 family. By building on what they learned
from working together closely on previous generations, the Xilinx
and UMC engineering teams were able to beat the tape-out to production
duration of the Virtex-5 family by a quarter, Tong noted.
"The successful qualification of Virtex-6
is the result of the close teamwork between Xilinx and UMC engineers
to address the challenges of 40nm high performance technology,"
said S.C. Chien, Vice President of Advanced Technology Development
at UMC. "UMC dedicated significant engineering talent and resources
in our joint effort with Xilinx, such as customizing device specifications
to their product specifications, delivering DFM for stable yield,
fast info-turn vehicle to enhance quality, and quick diagnosis methodology.
We are excited to see that our teamwork has paid off with today's
UMC's independently developed 45/40nm logic
process utilizes sophisticated immersion lithography for its 12
critical layers and incorporates the latest technology advancements
such as ultra-shallow junction, embedded silicon-germanium and mobility
enhancement techniques, and ultra low-k dielectrics. Currently,
several customers have 45/40nm products being manufactured at UMC,
with thousands of wafers having already been shipped.
Virtex-6 FPGAs are the programmable silicon foundation
for Targeted Design Platforms that deliver integrated software and
hardware components to enable designers to focus on innovation as
soon as their development cycle begins. The Virtex-6 FPGA family
comprises three domain-optimized FPGA platforms that deliver different
feature mixes, including DSP slices, memory blocks and serial transceivers
supporting up to 11.2Gb/s to best address a variety of customer
applications. Currently, six out of nine Virtex-6 family base devices
are shipping. All nine are scheduled to be available in production
volumes by the end of the second quarter of CY2010.
UMC (NYSE: UMC, TSE: 2303) is a leading global semiconductor foundry
that provides advanced technology and manufacturing services for
applications spanning every major sector of the IC industry. UMC's
customer-driven foundry solutions allow chip designers to leverage
the strength of the company's leading-edge processes, which include
production proven 65nm, 45/40nm, mixed signal/RFCMOS, and a wide
range of specialty technologies. Production is supported through
10 wafer manufacturing facilities that include two advanced 300mm
fabs; Fab 12A in Taiwan and Singapore-based Fab 12i are both in
volume production for a variety of customer products. The company
employs approximately 12,000 people worldwide and has offices in
Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Europe, and the United States. UMC can
be found on the web at http://www.umc.com.
Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions.
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