Gate Arrays replace general-purpose logic.

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Designed to perform interface and I/O control functions, miniature CMOS-10HD Series includes 2 devices that offer 6,793 usable ASIC gates and 2 models with 21,118 usable ASIC gates. Devices are manufactured using 0.25 micron process with 3 or 4 metal layers, and operate with 2.5 and 1.8 V power supplies. All are available in quad-flat QFN packages suitable for design of consumer products and telecommunications equipment.

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NEC Electronics America Meets Demand for System Miniaturization with Expanded Gate Array Offering

New CMOS-10HD Devices Deliver Reduced Turnaround Times and Development Costs in Small Form Factor ASICs

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 19 /- To support the miniaturization goals of system designers, NEC Electronics America, Inc. today announced that it has expanded its CMOS-10HD gate array offering by adding four new devices with small form factors. The new devices will enable designers to accelerate design and manufacturing times, reduce development costs, and replace general-purpose logic in applications ranging from telecommunications equipment and consumer products to computers and industrial equipment.

"For the past 25 years, NEC Electronics has driven gate array technology forward to help customers deliver differentiated system solutions," said Kazu Yamada, vice president and general manager, custom SoC solutions strategic business unit, NEC Electronics America. "Building on our strong design experience and history, these new devices were created to help designers in competitive markets significantly reduce time to market and system costs."

Designed to perform interface and I/O control functions, the two smallest devices each offer 6,793 usable ASIC gates (equivalent to 13,586 two-input NAND gates), while the two larger devices have 21,118 usable ASIC gates. All are available in ultra-small quad-flat, no-leads (QFN) packages, a popular choice among designers of consumer products and telecommunications equipment because of the small mounting space required. Compared to general-purpose logic ICs, the new CMOS-10HD gate arrays cost up to 50 percent less and have a 35 percent smaller footprint.

Manufactured with NEC Electronics' proven 0.25-micron process with three or four metal layers, the devices operate with 2.5- and 1.8-volt power supplies and have a design and production turnaround time of approximately six weeks, 30 to 60 percent shorter than cell-based ICs manufactured in the same process. With these four new devices, NEC Electronics has expanded its popular CMOS-10HD series to a total of 60 master slices with 33 package options.

Industry-Leading Gate Array Product Offering
Gate arrays serve a robust market between cell-based ASICs and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), and offer designers many benefits. As a leading gate array supplier for 25 years, and the number one supplier since 1993, NEC Electronics can manufacture engineering samples in as few as 9 calendar days from product tape-out, with mask charges starting as low as $10,000 and unit costs starting below $1 in volume quantities. (Pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.) On average, NEC Electronics tapes out more than 200 gate array designs a year worldwide. NEC Electronics' gate array portfolio includes the CMOS-12M, CMOS-10HD, CMOS-9HD, EA-9HD, and CMOS-N5 series with a total of 140 master slices.

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Pricing and Availability
Samples of the four new CMOS-10HD devices are available now with mass production currently in progress. Pricing for the new CMOS-10HD gate arrays start at $1.50 in 5000-unit quantities.

About NEC Electronics America, Inc.
NEC Electronics America, Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Electronics Corporation , a leading provider of semiconductor products encompassing advanced technology solutions for the broadband and communications markets; system solutions for the mobile, PC, automotive and digital consumer markets; and multi-market solutions for a wide range of customer applications. NEC Electronics America offers local manufacturing in Roseville, California, and the global manufacturing capabilities of its parent company. In the Americas, NEC Electronics America markets and sells industrial-type, active-matrix LCD modules from NEC LCD Technologies, Ltd., a global leader in innovative display technologies. More information about the products offered by NEC Electronics America can be found at

NEC Electronics and NEC Electronics America are either trademarks or registered trademarks of NEC Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Other products or brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

CONTACT: Denise Garibaldi of NEC Electronics America, Inc., +1-408-588-6620,

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