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CSR expands use of Virage Logic IP

Posted: 30 Apr 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Bluetooth  semiconductor IP  single chip wireless  65 nm 

United Kingdom-based CSR, a global supplier of single chip wireless communications products, is set on using Virage Logic's IP to facilitate its next-generation technology. CSR's BlueCore and UniFi product lines will be designed using Virage Logic's Area, Speed and Power (ASAP) Memory, Self-Test and Repair (STAR) Memory and STAR Yield Accelerator products.

"Our wireless IC designs demand efficiencies in power consumption, silicon area utilisation and yield, and our commitment to product quality obligates the highest test and repair coverage available," said Nick Salter, vice president, IC Integration, CSR. "Virage Logic's silicon proven memory IP portfolio allows us the flexibility to perform trade-offs between test time, area, and state-of-the-art diagnostics resulting in optimised product implementations. With Virage Logic, we avoid potential delays associated with memory functionality and yield, particularly on new silicon processes."

Virage Logic enables companies such as CSR to proceed with confidence through increasingly advanced lithography process nodes. For next-generation Bluetooth product offerings, CSR is using Virage Logic ASAP memories at 90-nanometer (nm) and will migrate to 65nm where Virage Logic has developed a customised ultra-high density ROM compiler to address unique application requirements.

CSR has also adopted Virage Logic's yield enhancement and silicon debugging tools – STAR Yield Accelerator – to effectively bridge the gap between design and manufacturing disciplines and maximise yield.

"We are very pleased to be selected as the trusted IP partner for a market-leading company like CSR, whose ICs are integrated into the majority of Bluetooth devices on the market today," said Brani Buric, Virage Logic's vice president for product marketing and strategic foundry relationships. "With this partnership, Virage Logic's IP solutions will provide CSR with critical design and manufacturing advantages as they extend their market dominance through a new generation of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi devices."





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