Fujitsu Introduces 65-Nanometer 10G SerDes from Prism Circuits

    High-Speed Applications Among Key Focus of the U.S.-Based Fujitsu
    Semiconductor Manufacturing Services Business Group

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 31 /CNW/ -- Fujitsu Microelectronics America,
Inc. (FMA), a leading global SoC solutions provider, today announced a new
collaboration with Prism Circuits, Inc., a leader in serial and parallel
interface IP, to develop a single-lane, variable-data-rate SerDes macro. Built
using Fujitsu's 65-nanometer CS200HP process technology, the macro will be
available in the third calendar quarter of 2008.
    The 2.5Gbps to 10.3Gbps SerDes design supports IEEE 802.3ap, PCIe-Gen1,
PCIe-Gen2, XAUI, SATA-1 and SATA-II with provisions for the upcoming SATA-III
and PCIe-Gen3. The multi-protocol SerDes features low jitter generation, high
jitter tolerance, and support for 8b/10b and 64b/66b coding. The two companies
are also collaborating on a 45nm version of the design, to be available later
this year.
    "The Prism SerDes represents one of our core focuses in high-speed
technology," said Steve Della Rocchetta, vice president of FMA's Semiconductor
Manufacturing Services (SMS) business group. "Our comprehensive IP portfolio,
global design expertise, leading-edge 65nm process, which has been benchmarked
at up to 40 percent faster than those from other foundries, and advanced
package technologies offer customers the ideal platform for their high-
performance SoCs."
    "Fujitsu provides the industry's premier 65-nanometer technology for
high- performance applications," said Sundari Mitra, President and CEO of
Prism. "Working together, Fujitsu and Prism meet all the high-speed design,
IP, and packaging requirements of our customers."
    Leading Industry Partners, Flexible New IDM Engagement Models
    To provide maximum flexibility and unparalleled customer service, FMA has
rolled its ASIC and wafer foundry groups into a single entity, the
Semiconductor Manufacturing Services business group. The new group is the
focal point to support and grow Fujitsu's ASIC and COT business in North
America. The group's vast technical resources include global design teams that
have consistently delivered first-pass success in IC development and
fabrication for customers. In addition, FMA's SMS group and its third-party
design partners can support customers with a wide range of engagement models,
from full-service ASIC to cost-effective COT, to achieve quick time-to-revenue
production ramp.
    "We offer pure ASIC, pure COT and all flavors in between," said Della
Rocchetta. "We have enhanced this flexibility by working with our fabless ASIC
partners to provide every possible option to customers who begin with ASIC
designs and migrate to high-volume ASSP programs as their products gain market
success and expand into new opportunities."
    Fujitsu offers complete design and technology solutions, from 90nm to
40nm, for high-speed and ultra-low-power applications. The company and its
network of design, EDA and IP partners enable customers to develop
differentiated products in supercomputer, high-speed networking, digital
    audio-video, wireless, telecommunication and other leading-edge
applications in a timely manner.
    About Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.
    Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) leads the industry in
innovation. FMA provides high-quality, reliable semiconductor products and
services for the networking, communications, automotive, security and other
markets throughout North and South America. The company's Semiconductor
Manufacturing Services (SMS) business group provides complete design services,
application-focused IP, experienced local and global design teams, and a
flexible IDM business model for COT to full turnkey ASIC customers. For more
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    Reference material:
    Multi Data Rate SerDes, Prism Circuits, Inc;
    Fujitsu 65nm Standard Cell fact sheet;
    Fujitsu High-Performance Manufacturing Services fact sheet;
    All company or product names referenced herein are trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective owners. Information provided in this
press release is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change
without advance notice.

For further information:

For further information: Emi Igarashi, Fujitsu Microelectronics America,
 Inc., +1-408-737-5647,; or Dick Davies, Independent 
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