UMC heeft prototype silicon op 1 GHz gekregen. Hier de info diek ik van AGN Hardware getrokken heb:
A unique co-development model in place between the UMC Group and Xilinx, Inc., has led to the production of the first field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) capable of operating at speeds of one gigahertz (1GHz). The prototype FPGAs, derivatives of the XC4036XV family, were part of a mask set co-developed by the two companies to be used as the process driver for the new 0.18 micron technology.
The aggressive development of the 0.18 micron process, currently among the most advanced in the world, reflects the very close working relationship between UMC Group and Xilinx. The partnership is based on an on-going, mutual effort to be at the leading edge of semiconductor industry process development. This unprecedented level of cooperation is allowing FPGA users to have early access to the most advanced technology for low-power, high performance applications.
``Xilinx is an ideal development partner because it is dedicated to being an early adopter of advanced foundry technology. Moreover, the regularity of the SRAM-based Xilinx FPGA architecture facilitates defect analysis and fault testing, making FPGAs excellent vehicles to troubleshoot the most up-to-date UMC Group processes,'' said Jim Kupec, president of UMC Group (U.S.A.). ``We also have been using the UMC Group Silicon Shuttle(SM) test-chip program as a vehicle for early verification of customer and IP vendor designs based on our 0.18 micron design rules. We have already run two 0.18 micron Shuttles and are currently accepting applications for the next one scheduled for tape-out on January 30.''
Xilinx recently benchmarked the performance of the prototype 0.18 micron devices using a frequency counter design and observed the FPGA operating at frequencies up to 1GHz. This level of performance will be required for emerging communications equipment such as OC-12 systems and DSP systems capable of handling more than 200 million samples per second.