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Supporting Critical Embedded Computing - ASIC Product Replication

Published: 22 October 2018 - Sarah Mead
Artesyn Embedded Technologies is a global leader in the design and manufacture of highly reliable power conversion and embedded computing solutions for a wide range of industries including communications, computing, healthcare, military, aerospace and industrial automation. For more than 40 years, customers have trusted Artesyn to help them accelerate time-to-market and reduce risk with cost-effective advanced network computing and power conversion solutions.
 
Artesyn Hawk Product Replication
 
Rochester worked with Artesyn to re-create the LSI Hawk ASIC which is critical to supporting Artesyn’s VME products. At the inception of the program, it was agreed that this re-creation would be a great opportunity for both companies to demonstrate technical capabilities and to ensure mutual success with the project.
 
Rochester Electronics designers worked with the customer’s design engineering teams to create a form, fit, and function drop-in replacement for the FPGA or ASIC using LSI’s proven gate-array tools and technologies for legacy products.
 
The finished product is a .35um ASIC in a 596 bga package that includes an on-die PLL running at 400Mhz, PCI-66, about 1M transistors, and several hundred impedance controlled IO. This ASIC exempilifes what Rochester can do for its customers, such as Artesyn, to bring a product back to life.
 
Voice of the Customer
 
“As part of our commitment to long-term availability for VME products, our team recognised that we would need to support many of our key customers in highly sensitive markets far beyond the typical product lifecycle. The biggest roadblock to supporting those customers was the lack of availability of the end-of-life, commercial ASIC.
 
Artesyn engaged with Rochester Electronics, LLC. to do a complete re-creation and manufacture of that custom ASIC. Working together, Artesyn and Rochester successfully re-created the design, worked through the manufacturing process, completed final assembly, and after full testing and qualification delivered a successful ASIC re-creation.
 
Collaborating with Rochester was seamless during that process, with the company applying its expertise, experience, and professionalism to ensure success. Through our 'VME Beyond 2020' initiative, Artesyn’s VME customers can continue to source from one of the largest portfolios of Power Architecture VME single board computers in the industry and we would not hesitate to engage with Rochester again in the future should similar needs arise.”
 
Scott Burns, Global Electronics Commodity Management Director, Artesyn Embedded Technologies


 
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