Austin, Texas–Feb. 23, 1998–Driven by demand for increasing library accuracy and consistency across deep-submicron design flows, the ASIC Council formally adopted an open library architecture enabling access to advanced ASIC libraries through an application programming interface (API) called OLA. Recognizing the need for greater flexibility to address modeling differences among silicon suppliers not afforded by current text formats, the Council's decision signals a shift to compiled libraries that can be accessed by multiple EDA tools. Other major benefits of this approach are increased designreuse permitted by portability of the underlying libraries, as well as higher levels of modeling abstraction essential in system-on-a-chip designs.

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Austin, Texas–Feb. 23, 1998–Driven by demand for increasing library accuracy and consistency across deep-submicron design flows, the ASIC Council formally adopted an open library architecture enabling access to advanced ASIC libraries through an application programming interface (API) called OLA. Recognizing the need for greater flexibility to address modeling differences among silicon suppliers not afforded by current text formats, the Council's decision signals a shift to compiled libraries that can be accessed by multiple EDA tools. Other major benefits of this approach are increased designreuse permitted by portability of the underlying libraries, as well as higher levels of modeling abstraction essential in system-on-a-chip designs.

VR5400 family processors have a built-in N-Wire debugging port that, by giving full access to processor internal states and full run control, can simplify the software development process and thus permit products to get to market faster.

The MIPS-IV Instruction Set Architecture is supported by the VR5400 family, with added instructions for embedded applications designed to improve code density, reduce system memory, and otherwise enhance functionality. These added capabilities include conditional moves, indexed load/store instructions, data prefetch option, cache line locking, a fusedmultiply-add functionn that offers DSP support, and additional register-based multiply instructions.

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Designed as a performance solution, the VR5464 processor is available in two versions: a 200-MHz version offering 415 Dhrystone MIPS performance, and a 250-MHz version providing 519 MIPS performance.

The VR5464 processor is ideal for performance-oriented embedded applications, such as internetworking routers, switches and backoffice equipment, high-speed network and colorlaser printers, and digital video. Packaged in a 272-pin ABGA package, the device is expected to sell for $75 per unit in 10,000-unit quantities for the 200-MHz version, and $95 per unit in 10,000-unit quantities for the 250-MHz version. Samplesare expected to be available in the second quarter of 1998, with volume production scheduled for the third quarter. Pricing and availability are subject to change.

The VR5432 processor, with 347 Dhrystone MIPS performance and a maximum of 2.5 watts of power consumption, includes a 32-bit external bus and 64-bit internalbus and multimedia extensions. The VR5432 device is aimed at cost-sensitive embedded applications that demand high performance, such as digital televisions, game consoles, thin client products, and lower-cost printers. Packaged in a 208-pin PQFP package, the VR5432 processor is expected to sell for $45 per unit in 10,000-unit quantities. Samples are expected to be available in the third quarter of 1998, with volume production scheduled for the fourth quarter. Pricing and availability are subject to change.

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NEC Electronics offers a comprehensive line of development tools for the VR5400 family. A variety of tools, including compilers, operating systems, and debuggers that support the MIPS RISC architecture, is also available from third-party sources.

Multiple tools from leading vendors such as Corelis, Hewlett-Packard, EPI, Cygnus, Algorithmics, Green Hills, Apogee, Wind River Systems, ISI, and others will be available to support the VR5400 family. These tools include evaluation boards, logic analyzers, in-circuit emulators (ICEs), compiler tool chains, real-time operating systems, and bus models.

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According to industry sources, wafer suppliers are currently shippingapproximately 22,000 300-mm wafers per month, with this number expectedto reach 35,000 wafers per month by the end of this year.

The Voyager wafer shipper has a compact design (7.0″ ( 13.1″ ( 12.7″)and light weight (3.2 kg/7.1 lbs. with wafers), which reduce thecleaning and shipping costs to chipmakers. Storage costsare also reduced, allowing more wafers to be stored in inventory orwork-in-progress (WIP) locations. In addition, the Voyager shipper'suser-friendly design requires less time to assemble, disassemble, clean, anddry. The Voyager wafer shipper is also reusable.

The Voyager wafer shipper's patented cushion design consists of top andbottom covers that securely hold and cushion the wafers during shippingwith no need for tape. Made of a durable PBT material blend, the covers aredesigned to precisely locate on the wafers each time for maximum cushion tothe wafers. The shipper body is comprised of transparent polycarbonatematerial–an ultra-clean material that allows visual inspection of the wafersinside the carrier. The 300-mm Voyager shipper also has a kinematiccoupling for equipment interface.

Like the 150-mm and 200-mm Voyager wafer shippers, the 300-mmversion features Fluoroware's patented three piece design and secondarypackaging. This packaging offers an additional level of protection forwafers, eliminating customers' need to develop and test secondarypackaging materials. The secondary packaging, which is not offered byother wafer shipper suppliers, features specially designed foam trays thatsecurely hold two Voyager shippers in place and protect wafers frombreakage and contamination during shipping.

The 300-mm Voyager wafer shipper is available now. The product iscurrently being manufactured at Fluoroware's manufacturingfacility in Chaska, Minn. and will be displayed by Fluoroware in boothnumber 663 at SEMICON Europa, which will be held March 31-April 2 inGeneva, Switzerland.