Virage Logic and NurLogic Partner to Provide Best-of-Breed IP Solutions That Ensure First-Pass Silicon Success

NurLogic Design Services to Use Virage Logic Memories in Customer Designs

FREMONT, Calif., May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Virage Logic Corporation, the leader in embedded memory, and NurLogic Design, Inc., a leading supplier of foundation and mixed signal intellectual property (IP), today announced a joint development agreement to ensure interoperability between the two companies' IP products. Also as part of the agreement, NurLogic design services will use Virage Logic memories in customer designs.

"Customers should not have to accept anything less than the best," said Vincent Ratford, vice president of marketing and sales for Virage Logic. "Our agreement with NurLogic means that designers can rapidly integrate best-of-breed memories, I/Os, standard cells and analog IP into their designs with the confidence that all the components will work together and will work in silicon. The bottom-line is improved time-to-market and improved product quality."

This development effort combines Virage Logics' highly differentiated, application-specific memories with NurLogic's high performance standard cell libraries, I/Os and specialty I/Os, register file and analog IP. This combination creates process-specific IP solutions that meet the density, power and performance demands of customers. And, because both companies have stringent quality programs that include validation of their IP components in silicon, customers can be confident of first-pass silicon success.

Under the agreement, Virage Logic and NurLogic will design components to a standard set of requirements in order to allow easy integration of IP blocks and assure that products from the two companies will work together in customers' design environments. This includes designing on a common routing grid, characterizing the performance of the components under the same conditions and ensuring that both companies use the same set of rules for building and verifying the IP for products designed for the same process and technology.

"Interoperability is a key to design success and we are very glad that Virage Logic and NurLogic are working together. Many of our customers use IP from both companies and this will be a big plus for them, both in terms of improving time-to-market and in the peace of mind they gain that their design components will work together before going to manufacturing," said Kurt Wolf, Director of Marketing for TSMC.

"First-pass silicon success is of critical importance to all customers," said Mehran Shahmiri, vice president of sales for NurLogic. "NurLogic and Virage Logic have successfully worked together to offer key customers the advantages of our companies' combined IP offerings, demonstrating the ability to provide the highest quality components to designers using 0.25 micron and 0.18 micron processes. With this agreement, we are confident in our ability to repeat our success in 0.15 micron and 0.13 micron processes."

About NurLogic Design, Inc.

NurLogic Design, Inc. provides a broad range of semiconductor technology products, including Foundation IP, such as standard cell libraries, specialty I/Os and embedded memory cores; higher level analog and mixed signal IP cores; SOC Design Services and ASSP design. NurLogic is a privately held corporation headquartered at 9710 Scranton Road, Suite 380, San Diego, CA 92121. Further information on NurLogic can be found on the web at or by calling 1-877-NURLOGIC

About Virage Logic

Virage Logic is the technology and market leader in application-specific embedded memory. The company's products include optimized memory compilers, software tools that enable the development and reuse of memory, and custom memory design services. Virage Logic's customers include the leading semiconductor and electronic systems companies designing ASIC and