"The X Architecture will allow SoC designers to achieve the same power and
density advantages at the chip level that SiliconMap's designers have
implemented in full custom physical designs in the past," stated Pallab
Chatterjee, president and CTO of SiliconMap, LLC (Livermore, Calif). "The
decision to join the X Initiative was to expand the multi-vendor design flow
development and optimization services for the SoC customer base. We feel that
this architecture will be prevalent in the majority of future designs and the
development of a seamless integration path for these tools into traditional
DSM flows without additional schedule impacts is goal of SiliconMap, LLC and
it's Integration Alliance Partners."
"Photronics is committed to supporting innovations that improve
semiconductor performance, increase functionality, and reduce die costs per
wafer, which in turn have been the source of explosive semiconductor industry
The X Architecture holds the promise to be just such an innovation,"
commented Steve Carlson, senior vice president, technology of Photronics, Inc.
(Jupiter, Fla.). "Photronics' proprietary Sub-Wavelength Reticle Solutions
technology will facilitate the quick and cost-effective integration of the X
Architecture into high-performance semiconductor designs seeking to fully
leverage its capability."