GigOptix unveils component obsolescence replacement program - Lightwave

GigOptix unveils component obsolescence replacement program

MAY 6, 2010 -- GigOptix, Inc. (OTCBB:GGOX) has announced its Sunset Rescue Program, a service that provides replacements for obsolete ASICs and FPGAs using methodology owned by GigOptix through its acquisition of ChipX in November 2009. The “Sunset Rescue” Program’s proven low risk methodology insures that the replacement ASIC is a drop-in-replacement and will meet the original component specifications and operate reliably in the customer’s system regardless of the original electronic component’s process and geometry, GigOptix asserts.

GigOptix says it uses an industry-standard ASIC flow to port ASICs in the “Sunset Rescue” Program. Whether the original component’s design libraries are available or simply a library data book, GigOptix can convert the design to GigOptix Structured ASIC or standard cell and port the original test vectors to work on a GigOptix tester. ASIC timings are accurately mimicked on the new ASIC, the company says.

“The experienced ASIC team at GigOptix has a rigorous methodology within the Sunset Rescue Program to insure the functional equivalency, footprint compatibility and timing adherence required for the ASIC to work seamlessly in the customer’s system,” said Anil Chaudhry, director of ASIC marketing.

Chaudhry added that GigOptix had successfully converted eight ASICs to date from 0.8 micron to 0.18 micron, saving customers $100,000 to $500,000 per year. One of the ASICs was originally designed with 3.3-V core, 0.35-micron embedded array technology in a 352 BGA package and it was successfully converted into GigOptix 3.3-V core, 0.25-micron standard technology with the same package and footprint.

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