AMD and LSI Logic Partner to Develop Solutions for Wireless Handsets
Combining AMD's flash memory devices and LSI's baseband technology to boost performance and lower power consumption
SILICON VALLEY, CA --
LSI Logic Corporation (NYSE:LSI) and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) today announced their agreement to develop advanced solutions for the fast-growing wireless handset market. According to Dataquest, 68 million Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) handsets are anticipated to be sold this year, increasing to an estimated 264 million units by 2003.
Under the terms of the agreement, AMD and LSI Logic will collaborate to develop optimal interfaces between baseband processors and flash memory devices for the CDMA marketplace. The companies will also collaborate on developing multi-chip package (MCP) solutions to house the baseband processor and flash memory product. This "system-in-a-package" solution will be designed to significantly improve performance, reduce form factor and lower power consumption.
"This collaboration is designed to use AMD's high performance flash memory technology to unlock the processing power of LSI Logic's innovative CDMA baseband processor," said Walid Maghribi, group vice president of AMD's Memory Group. "Next-generation mobile terminals will require an optimized interface between the Flash memory and the baseband processor to harness wireless broadband capabilities."
"By leveraging AMD's leadership position in flash memory technology, LSI Logic is taking a pivotal step forward to better serve customers in this explosive market," said John Daane, executive vice president of LSI Logic's Communications Products Group. "Our thrust into the wireless market is consistent with LSI Logic's strategy of targeting the rapidly growing global communications arena."
Daane noted that the combination of AMD's advanced Flash memory technology with LSI Logic's next generation CDMA solution will enhance current product offerings for the wireless market, and the technologies and capabilities developed as a part of this partnership may be applicable to other markets as well.
"The potential results of this agreement are significant," added Maghribi. "Our customers will have the performance required to deliver a broad range of products with video streaming, Internet audio and other advanced applications resulting in a wider range of choices for the consumer."
"LSI Logic's corporate strategy calls for the company to successfully compete and gain market share in fast-moving global communications markets," said Daane. "Enhancing our customer offerings in the accelerating CDMA handset market is a reflection of LSI Logic's plan to rapidly grow revenues in these markets."
About AMD Flash Memory Devices
AMD technology is employed by the world's largest producer of flash memory devices, Fujitsu AMD Semiconductor Ltd. (FASL). AMD flash memory products encompass a broad spectrum of densities and features to support a wide range of markets. AMD offers many flash memory products, such as the award-winning Simultaneous Read-Write (SRW) product family; Super Low Voltage 1.8V Flash memory devices; and Burst- and Page-Mode devices. AMD developed the robust Known Good Die (KGD) program and the patented negative gate erase technology, and refined the industry-standard Fine-pitch Ball Grid Array (FBGA).
AMD Flash memory devices are guaranteed for a minimum of one million write cycles per sector and 20 years' data retention, making them the most reliable non-volatile memory devices in the industry.
About LSI Logic
LSI Logic Corporation (NYSE: LSI) is a leading supplier of communications chips for broadband, data networking, wireless and set-top box applications. In addition, the company provides chips and boards for network computing and supplies storage network solutions for the enterprise. LSI Logic is headquartered at 1551 McCarthy Boulevard, Milpitas, CA 95035, 408-433-8000, http://www.lsilogic.com.