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-OCTOBER 23, 2000-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
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
"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,
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