IBM, Chartered form 90nm design program

March 24, 2004 – IBM and Chartered have expanded their 90nm collaboration to include a “cross-foundry design enablement” program to support 90nm chip development.

The deal, building upon existing joint development agreements, initially involves incorporating baseline libraries from Virage Logic and Artisan Components. The two also have added a sourcing agreement for selected 90nm IBM SOI products.

The collaboration creates “a common ecosystem and truly interoperable foundry model,” said Mike Rekuc, Chartered’s senior VP of worldwide sales and marketing. “We believe it will significantly increase the pool of available IP and design solutions for 90nm and beyond.”

Added Mark Templeton, Artisan’s president and CEO: “It is truly a step forward for the foundry industry and for IC designers to have this type of compatibility and flexibility between suppliers, especially at the leading-edge of process technology.”


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