ASIC platforms aim for
comms and storage devices
LSI Logic has expanded its application driven RapidChip Xtreme family of prebuilt slices and associated IP with two new devices for communications and storage applications
The new RC11XT531 Xtreme configurable platform is optimised for high performance, high-bandwidth communications applications such as telecommunications and networking equipment, whereas the RC11XT432 Xtreme configurable platform is targeted for storage applications. Select LSI Logic OEM customers in North America, Europe, Japan and China have accelerated migration to RapidChip Platform ASIC technology as demanding time-to-market schedules and a broad choice of intellectual property becomes critical to designers of complex systems.
"With the announcement of these new RapidChip slices optimised for communications and storage applications, we are once again delivering on our promise to make high-performance chip design accessible, affordable and easy to use", said Ronnie Vasishta, LSI Logic Vice President, Technology Marketing and CoreWare Engineering.
"The RapidChip Platform ASIC offers a compelling value to our customers because the most complex IP is already built and proven in silicon, waiting for their custom logic.
This is striking a chord with customers across geographies and markets".
To significantly reduce development time, complexity and risk, both existing and new LSI Logic customers are using the RapidChip family of premanufactured and preverified "slices" from all LSI Logic slice families.
Three unique RapidChip families, Xtreme, Integrator and Foundation, have been designed-in to market-specific applications worldwide, providing system and custom logic designers unprecedented levels of functionality and bandwidth at an affordable price.
"LSI Logic's ability to demonstrate the benefits of faster time-to-market and lower barriers to high-performance custom silicon through platform-based design is accelerating the growth of the global platform ASIC market", said Handel Jones, President of market research firm International Business Strategies.
"The underserved middle of the global logic market is expected to reach $11 billion by 2006 and is evolving as a result of increasing pressure in the industry to create high-density chips faster, more predictably, and at a lower cost as well as the availability of application-specific IP.
LSI Logic is showing an understanding of the needs of a wide range of customers".
The Xtreme 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 4, 16 or 32 GigaBlaze channels of up to 4.25Gbit/s 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 transceivers, at 155 to 3200Mbit/s per channel, enabling multiple OIF SPI4.2 and SFI4.1 link interfaces.
The RC11XT531 and RC11XT432 are available for design starts today.
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