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NetLogic, TSMC partner on Gbit PHY solutions

Posted: 20 Jul 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:40nm  Ethernet  PHY solution 

NetLogic Microsystems Inc. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. have collaborated on 40nm-G semiconductor process technology for NetLogic's next-generation advanced knowledge-based processors and 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet PHY solutions. NetLogic is one of first companies to tape-out and sample multiple silicon products in TSMC's advanced 40nm technology node.

NetLogic is currently sampling its NLP2040 and NLP3040 PHY devices, the industry's first single-die quad-port 10GbE PHY devices, both of which are manufactured in the advanced 40nm process to deliver the highest performance and lowest power consumption for next-generation switches, routers and blade servers addressing the data centre, enterprise networking, storage and service provider markets. In addition, NetLogic Microsystems is sampling the NLP10000 100Gbe PHY solution, which is also manufactured in the advanced 40nm process and offers customers unprecedented scalability for data-centre, metro and long haul applications that require a 10x increase in performance while maximising energy efficiency.

NetLogic will also be taping out its next-generation knowledge-based processor, the NL11000 device, in TSMC's 40nm process. The NL11000 knowledge-based processor will offer significantly higher performance, lower power and cost advantages as a result of the close collaboration with TSMC. NetLogic has developed a suite of custom circuits optimised around TSMC's 40nm node, including high-speed serial interface technology, analogue and clocking circuitry, core processing elements and other standard cells, as well as refining the design and tape-out flow for this node.

This collaboration extends upon the long-standing relationship between TSMC and NetLogic Microsystems on the use of advanced cost-effective half-node technologies, including 55-, 80- and 110nm. The companies expect to broaden the relationship to include the high-performance Multi-Core, Multi-Threaded Processor product line from RMI Corp., with which NetLogic has entered into a definitive agreement to merge. RMI recently announced an advanced multi-core, multi-threaded processor, the XLP, processor, which is also being designed on TSMC's 40nm-G technology, providing synergies between the NetLogic and RMI in custom IP and cell development on this node, as well as verification and tape-out cross-experience. RMI's use of the TSMC 40nm node will provide them with significant power, performance and cost advantages over competitive designs which use the 65nm node. The merger with RMI is expected to close by the end of Q3 09.

"We are pleased to continue our close collaboration with TSMC on its most advanced process nodes," said Ron Jankov, president and CEO at NetLogic Microsystems. "The long-standing relationship with TSMC as our reliable foundry partner and the migration of our products to the latest 40nm-G process technology demonstrate our continued commitment to developing and delivering best-in-class products to our customers worldwide."

"We are delighted to once again be working with NetLogic Microsystems as one of the lead customers for our advanced 40nm technology node," said Rick Cassidy, president of TSMC North America. "This is a significant achievement for NetLogic Microsystems to so quickly migrate their highly complex, high logic density and very high performance products to our 40nm-G process. The performance, cost and power benefits of our advanced 40nm technology will provide significant benefits to the innovative technologies in NetLogic Microsystems' industry-leading knowledge-based processors, 10/40/100G PHY solutions and RMI's advanced multi-core, multi-threaded processors, enabling Tier One OEMs to develop next-generation systems that power tomorrow's Internet networks."





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