eSilicon Licenses Avago Technologies' High Performance Embedded SerDes Cores

Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:00am EST

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Agreement Expands Market Reach for 90nm and 65nm IP
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
eSilicon Corporation, a pioneering semiconductor value chain
producer, today announced that it has reached an agreement to license
Avago Technologies' 90nm and 65nm embedded SerDes cores on a limited
basis. The agreement allows eSilicon to offer these high performance
cores as part of its custom chip development solution, positioning it
to address the growing communications and storage ASIC markets, valued
at close to $5 billion annually. The cores support a broad range of
popular industry standards such as PCI-Express, Fibre Channel,
XAUI/CEI-6G, and XFI, and are suitable for both chip-to-chip and
backplane applications.

   Avago Technologies, the former semiconductor division of
Hewlett-Packard, has a long legacy of embedded SerDes technology
leadership and has shipped more than 45 million SerDes channels. The
SerDes cores offer extremely low jitter, making it possible to
integrate many SerDes channels on a single chip.

   "SerDes technology is clearly an area where Avago excels, and we
are pleased to now offer this technology to select customers," said
Hugh Durdan, Vice President of marketing at eSilicon. "The combination
of our value chain services and the manufacturing expertise of our
foundry partner TSMC provides customers with a well-proven way to get
a high performance product to market quickly."

   "Avago develops ASICs for leading suppliers of enterprise
networking, computer and storage equipment. This agreement will allow
companies that fall outside our traditional customer base to access
our SerDes cores," said Todd Metcalf, senior director of marketing for
Avago Technologies' ASIC Products Division. "We are committed to our
established and targeted customers. Expanding our strategy to include
this agreement benefits both Avago and our customers as we can invest
yet more resources into the ongoing development of our leading-edge
SerDes portfolio."

   Avago's SerDes cores offer multi-rate capability and are
architected to be flexible and highly scalable. The cores feature an
on-chip BERT for channel bit-error optimization, and an on-chip high
speed scope allowing system designers to view, in the time domain, the
received signal internal to the chip.

   The SerDes cores are available immediately from eSilicon. For more
information on this technology or to find a sales representative in
your area please visit

   About eSilicon

   eSilicon, a pioneering semiconductor Value Chain Producer (VCP),
provides a comprehensive suite of design, productization and
manufacturing services, enabling a flexible, low-cost, lower-risk path
to volume production. The company delivers chips to system original
equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and fabless semiconductor companies who
serve a wide variety of markets including the consumer, computer,
communications and industrial segments. eSilicon - Enabling Your
Silicon Success(TM). For more information, visit

   Avago, Avago Technologies, and the A logo are trademarks of Avago
Technologies Limited in the United States and other countries.

   eSilicon is a registered trademark, and Enabling Your Silicon
Success is a trademark, of eSilicon Corporation.

eSilicon Corporation, Sunnyvale
Hugh Durdan, 408-616-4628
Wired Island, Ltd.
Mike Sottak, 408-876-4418

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