HSINCHU, Taiwan and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Faraday
Technology Corporation (TAIEX: 3035), a leading ASIC and IP provider, today
announced the availability of proven silicon for its PeripheralComposer-1(TM)
(PC-1); the base array is also ready for mass production immediately. The PC-1
is the industry's first application-specific structured ASIC chip which pre-
diffuses an ARM architecture processor, USB, Ethernet, 802.11b and other IP
blocks in the base array, while remains flexible for customization and
While the emerging peripheral interfaces are playing off each other, the
USB, Ethernet and 802.11 have become the most adopted interconnect functions
in thousands of applications. However, for system products with 100,000 or
less annual unit requirements, what designers really need is a solution that
combines the flexibility of FPGA with the price/performance advantage of ASSP.
Since the PC-1 has embedded essential IP blocks in a standard-cell base array,
it features excellent die size even though it's a structured ASIC.
"We are very excited about the first proven silicon of PeripheralComposer
product line," said H.P. Lin, President of Faraday Technology. "Customers can
greatly benefit from the significant NRE and unit price cost savings and
time-to-volume advantages delivered by our off-the-shelf PC-1 base array."
The PC-1 structured ASIC chip integrates a low-power 190MHz ARM
architecture CPU, USB2.0 Device and OTG ports, a 10/100 Ethernet port, an
encryption engine, memory controllers, optional 802.11b wireless LAN modem, an
8-channel 10-bit 200 KSPS ADC, and other system peripherals and connectivity
blocks. There are one million Metal Programmable Cell Array (MPCA) gates,
64 Kbyte memories, and 153 pins of Programmable I/Os for customization and
differentiation. The PC-1 structured ASIC chip comes with a set of
comprehensive software and hardware development tools, which include: Linux
and WinCE.Net operating systems, IDE, companion IP non-OS drivers, ICE,
evaluation boards, and documentation.
"Faraday is unique in providing application-focused structured ASIC
solutions which have appropriate IP contents," said Dr. George Hwang, Vice
President of R&D and Marketing of Faraday. "We are excited to announce the
proven silicon of PC-1 to our customers, and looking forward to the silicon
validation of our next Composer structured ASIC family."
Availability and Pricing
Proven engineering samples of the PC-1 is available from Faraday now.
Manufactured in UMC's 0.18um process and packaged in 308-/388-/384-/484-pin
FBGA, the PC-1 chips takes only 25-day turn-around time. The typical NRE is
$144,000 and the chip is priced at $13 in 10,000 piece quantities. For more
information about the PC-1 structured ASIC, please contact local sales or
visit: http://www.faraday-tech.com/PeripheralComposer .
About Faraday Technology Corporation
Faraday Technology Corporation is a leading silicon IP and fabless ASIC
vendor. The company's broad IP portfolio includes 32-bit RISC CPUs, USB 2.0,
Ethernet, Serial ATA, and PCI-Express. With more than 550 employees and 2004
revenue of $159 million, Faraday is one of the largest fabless ASIC companies
in the Asia-Pacific region, and it also has a significant presence in other
markets, worldwide. Headquartered in Taiwan, Faraday has service and support
offices around the world, including the U.S., Japan, Europe, and China. For
more information, please visit: http://www.faraday-tech.com .
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