Teradiant Networks Uses Artisan to Speed Development of Configurable Network Processor

06 August 2003

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug 6, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Artisan Components, Inc., (Nasdaq:ARTI), a leading provider of physical intellectual property (IP), today announced that Teradiant Networks used Artisan's analog, mixed-signal and digital IP in the development of a new high-performance configurable network-processing chipset. Teradiant's TeraPacket chipset comprises a multi-service packet-processing engine and a multi-service traffic manager in versions for 10Gbps, 20Gbps and 40Gbps performance needs.

Teradiant utilized Artisan's specialty I/Os (LVDS, HSTL, PCI-X), SAGE-X(TM) standard cell library, high-speed memories and high-performance 533MHz PLL in TSMC 0.13-micron process. The system-on-a-chip (SoC) design combined Artisan's analog and digital IP to meet the TeraPacket chipset's requirement to manage high data throughput. Teradiant selected Artisan's silicon-proven IP based on its high performance, ease of integration and ESD performance.

"The design of our high-performance chipset involved the challenge of integrating a variety of IP," said Chakki Kavoori, director of engineering at Teradiant. "However, the breadth and ease of integrating Artisan's analog and mixed-signal IP streamlined the process and helped us to maintain our schedule for achieving tapeout."

"Teradiant is at the forefront of designing highly flexible, performance-driven network solutions," said Callan Carpenter, vice president and general manager of Artisan's Analog/Mixed-Signal Business Unit. "Applications this demanding require rock-solid IP and a proven methodology for integrating high-performance analog into complex SoCs. Artisan's ability to solve the noise isolation issues inherent in placing 2000 high-speed I/Os on a single chip is what makes our solutions sought after by cutting-edge design companies such as Teradiant."

About Teradiant Networks
Teradiant Networks develops and markets semiconductors that enable the convergence of multiservice and IP networks by allowing networking system manufacturers to build scalable switch and router platforms for such networks. Teradiant chipsets are designed to overcome the performance, scalability and deployment limitations of today's network processors and of custom-designed ASICs used for packet processing and traffic management. In February 2001, Teradiant raised over $26 million in first-round funding from Menlo Ventures, Idanta Partners, Diamondhead Ventures, FBB, Compass Technology Partners, and private investors.

About Artisan Components
Artisan Components, Inc. is a leading provider of physical intellectual property (IP) components for the design and manufacture of complex system-on-a-chip integrated circuits. Artisan's products include embedded memory, standard cell, input/output, analog and mixed-signal components, which are designed to achieve the best combination of performance, density, power and yield for a given manufacturing process. Artisan has licensed its IP components to over 1,000 companies involved in integrated circuit design. Artisan is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. More information about Artisan Components, including free library access, can be found at access.arm.com.

Artisan Components, Artisan and Process-Perfect are registered trademarks and SAGE-X trademarks of Artisan Components, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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