AMIS was able to provide ABT fast time-to-market due to its extensive joint ASIC development plan, crafted during its 20 years of experience in FPGA-to-ASIC conversions. ABT focused on implementation and verification of the source code in its original FPGA design, while AMIS ported the design into a deep-submicron standard cell technology, integrating additional functionality for a reduced total system cost.
"The video processing area, which is extremely competitive, is driven by time-to-market and reduced part costs, making it a perfect arena for using FPGA-to-ASIC technology," said Vince Hopkin, vice president of structured digital products at AMI Semiconductor. "Our strong track record in converting mid-range ASICs and our specialized IP targeted at the video consumer market made it possible to exceed Anchor Bay's expectations, and made AMIS the best choice for their needs. This was certainly an exciting project for us and we look forward to continued success with Anchor Bay in the future."
ABT's high performance video scaling ASICs for Standard Definition and High Definition video signal processing are completely flexible, accepting standard definition (480p, 576p) and high definition (720p and 1080i) inputs and outputting any resolution from VGA (640x480) to 1080p (1920x1080) with multiple standard and custom aspect ratios. Since the scaling engine is completely flexible, other image manipulation features are also supported including zoom, pan and border controls. The two parts are currently sampling and will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2006.
Currently, AMIS supports cell-based structured digital technologies as well as structured arrays with its XPressArray(R) and XLArray(TM) product families. These provide drop-in replacement FPGA intellectual property as well as seamless turnkey design services that reduce customer resource requirements in order to cost reduce FPGA designs for mass manufacturing as ASICs.
For additional information on AMI Semiconductor's FPGA-to-ASIC conversion services, please visit http://www.amis.com/conversion/index.html.
About Anchor Bay Technologies, Inc.
Anchor Bay Technologies Inc. (ABT) designs, manufactures, and markets semiconductor and system-level solutions for the next generation of Digital Television and Digital Video electronic products. Headquartered in Campbell, Calif., ABT is the parent to DVDO (R) Home Theater Products and the creator of the proprietary DVDO iScan (TM) line of video processing systems. Anchor Bay Technologies' Precision Video Scaling technology is based on ABT's proprietary video scaling engine that can independently scale an image horizontally and vertically to achieve an outstanding picture quality for today's high-resolution video displays.
For additional information on Anchor Bay Technologies, please visit http://www.anchorbaytech.com.
About AMI Semiconductor
AMI Semiconductor (AMIS) is a leader in the design and manufacture of silicon solutions for the real world. As a widely recognized innovator in state-of-the-art integrated mixed-signal and structured digital products, AMIS is committed to providing customers with the optimal value, quickest time-to-market semiconductor solutions. Offering unparalleled manufacturing flexibility and dedication to customer service, AMI Semiconductor operates globally with headquarters in Pocatello, Idaho, European corporate offices in Oudenaarde, Belgium, and a network of sales and design centers located in the key markets of North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. For more information please visit the AMIS Web site at www.amis.com.
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