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News from Asia-Pacific

Communication Chipsets Make International Debut

Malaysia-based chip designer SiRES Labs Sdn Bhd will launch a fully fledged range of high speed copper and wireless data transport systems beyond 10Gbps within the first quarter of 2003.

Three families of 11 chipsets for optical, copper and RF are currently being tested and characterized for fabrication. "We expect everything to be completed soon and will be rolled out to customers thereon," said chief executive officer Vyasa Kandasamy.

The MSC-status company develops microchips and transceivers for the communication and networking market. Its core expertise is in creating high performance, high speed analog and mixed-signal integrated circuit designs for the optical, copper and wireless (RF) bands.

SiRES secured a total of US$1.5 million between December 2001 and April 2002, enabling the company to speed up development work and establish a distribution network in Asia. Plans are also underway to spin off a design company to offer tailor-made high-end analog design services.

The spin-off, driven by customer demand for pure design, will handle contract design and consultation work on high-end analog and mixed-signal projects, as well as manage and license out the multitude of in-house developed intellectual property (IP) cores.

Technology Partners

Vyasa claimed that SiRES' products provide more functionality in a single chip and offer better integration. "We are working with three technology partners - two in the US and a third in Europe - to design next-generation devices aimed at pushing large amounts of data at a faster transfer rate," he said.

The company plans to sign on local wafer foundry Silterra Sdn Bhd as a partner and is evaluating another prospect in the US. Currently it has one foundry partner, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, Ltd (TSMC), of Taiwan.

According to chief technology officer K Saravana Kumar, the company's objective is to push the limits of CMOS technology to provide high quality solutions at an attractive cost to customers.

by Anita Devasahayam

(February 2003 Issue, Nikkei Electronics Asia)





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