Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation and ARM announced their first licensing agreement, which enables ARM to develop a suite of its ArtisanÂ® physical IP to support Graceâ€™s 0.18- and 0.13-micron process technologies.
â€œARM products are the leading physical IP solutions for SoC design,â€? said Dr. Arthur Kuo, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. â€œOur partnership with ARM will help us expand our global presence and provide customers with silicon-proven, high-quality products, which can help shorten design time, minimize risk and accelerate time-to-market.â€?
The licensed ARM physical IP products include its Artisan SRAM, ROM and register-file memory generators as well as its SAGE-Xâ„¢ standard cell library and the general-purpose I/O library that support Graceâ€™s 0.18- and 0.13-micron processes. This IP conforms to the Artisan design standards and includes ARMâ€™s extensive set of views and models in support of industry leading EDA tools. Additionally, the agreement enables ARM to distribute its Grace technology-based physical IP on a worldwide basis under its Access Library Program, to licensed design teams at no charge.
â€œARMâ€™s partnership with Grace is an important addition to our continued commitment and support for our Partners in China,â€? said Jun Tan, president of ARM China Operations. â€œThis agreement expands the proliferation of the ARM and Grace technologies and helps enable our mutual customersâ€™ design to silicon success.â€?
Front-end views of the ARM memory generators, SAGE-X standard cell library and general-purpose I/Os for Graceâ€™s 0.18-micron process are immediately available for licensed designers to download via the ARM web site at no charge. Complete views of these products are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2006.