Tuesday, July 14, 2009

NetLogic and TSMC Collaborate on 40nm 10/40/100 Gbps Silicon

NetLogic Microsystems has successfully migrated multiple silicon products to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC's) advanced 40nm technology.

By using TSMC's 40nm-G semiconductor process technology for NetLogic Microsystems' next-generation advanced knowledge-based processors and 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet physical layer (PHY) solutions, the companies seek to enable the next generation of networking equipment.

NetLogic Microsystems is one of first companies to tape-out and sample multiple silicon products in TSMC's advanced 40nm technology node.

NetLogic Microsystems is currently sampling its NLP2040 and NLP3040 PHY devices, the industry's first single-die quad-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) PHY devices, both of which are manufactured in the advanced 40nm process to deliver the highest performance and lowest power consumption for next-generation switches, routers and blade servers addressing the data center, enterprise networking, storage and service provider markets. In addition, NetLogic Microsystems is sampling the leading-edge NLP10000, the industry's first 100 Gigabit Ethernet PHY solution, which is also manufactured in the advanced 40nm process and offers customers unprecedented scalability for data-center, metro and long haul applications that require a 10X increase in performance while maximizing energy efficiency.

NetLogic Microsystems will also be taping out its next-generation knowledge-based processor, the NL11000 device, in TSMC's 40nm process. The NL11000 knowledge-based processor will offer significantly higher performance, lower power and cost advantages as a result of the close collaboration with TSMC. NetLogic Microsystems has developed a suite of custom circuits optimized around TSMC's 40nm node, including high-speed serial interface technology, analog and clocking circuitry, core processing elements and other standard cells, as well as refining the design and tape-out flow for this node.

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