Synopsys, SMIC pushing low-power TV chips

August 29, 2007 – Synopsys Inc. and Chinese foundry SMIC say they will develop a low-power design for mobile TV ICs, using 130nm and 90nm fab processes. They will also provide IP required by mobile TV IC designers, including AD, DA, PLL, USB, SATA and IEEE 1394, and attempt to drive better design and counseling for Chinese chip manufacturers to serve the mobile TV market.

Digital TV is a fertile market in China with the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing next year, but currently there is no uniform standard in low-power design, IP access barrier, or foundry access for local manufacturers in the China’s mobile TV market, the companies noted.

“The combination of SMIC’s 130/90nm process, complete IP library and design service team with Synopsys’ powerful IP and design platform will boost the current market,” said Chen Zhikuan, president/COO of Synopsys, in a statement.


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