IEEE Computer Volume 15 Number 11 -- NEW PRODUCTS
Original Publication Date: 1982-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-11
Software Patent Institute
Demetrios Michalopoulos: AUTHOR [+3]
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New Products Editor: Prof. Demetrios Michalopoulos
California State University, Fullerton
Engineering support system aids gate array design and fabrication
VIA Systems and Master Logic have jointly developed GATES, a user-controlled gate array technology engineering support system. In the past, according to the companies, systems houses wanting to use the new gate array technologies had to develop relations with one or more semiconductor vendors for each process. But with GATES, a complete design and support program can be created independently of any one semiconductor manufacturer.
VIA Systems and Master Logic have also developed a set of Super Cells, which wire basic gates together in complex functions. An initial library of Super Cells is available with the system and a Super Cell data book is part of the systems' support package.
In GATES operation, the user maps a logic diagram onto the gate array chosen, using both basic and Super Cells. Manual interconnection techniques that exploit VlA's on-line design rule check and color coding of interconnects provide "correct by construction" wiring. When the layout is completed and checked, users can send a database tape to one of two VIA technology centers for conversion to a pattern generator format, or they may use VlA's pattern generation software, which is incorporated in the VIA Model 120 CAD/ CAM system.
Master Logic then takes the pattern gener ation tape and secures the IC masks, chip fabrication, packaging, and testing at a cer tified GATES fabricator, or users may order gate array wafers from Master Logic's inventory and secure their own fabrication services independently.
Both VIA Systems and Master Logic will provide extensive training, engineering support and consultation service for users who wish to build proficiency in gate array design. Engineering support and chip fabrication services will be competitively priced.
Available now, GATES software and userware cost $25,000.
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(Image Omitted: GATES, jointly developed by VIA Systems and Master Logic, is a complete, user-controlled gate array technology engineering support system. With GATES, IC system designers can create a program independently of any one semiconductor manufacturer. Shown above, the designer is editing a portion of a gate array using the GATES software on the VIA System Model 130 VLSI)
Color graphics program is designed for IBM PC
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