By John McHale
MILPITAS, Calif. - After a decade-long hiatus, officials at LSI Logic in Milpitas, Calif., announced a return to the military integrated circuit market with their RapidChip Integrator and RapidChip Integrator2 families this past summer. The platform application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC) are for military, avionics, space, and medical applications.
The devices meet the temperature range operating performance needs of a wide variety of military and industrial applications in G12 0.18-micron and Gflx 0.11-micron process technologies, says John Bendekovic, director of military and aerospace marketing and business development for LSI Logic.
This offering follows LSI Logic receiving the industry’s first Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) certification of 0.13-micron process technology for the U.S. Department of Defense, Bendekovic says.
The QML certification from the Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC) applies to LSI’s process technologies (including 0.18-micron), CoreWare IP library, and RapidChip Platform ASIC portfolio.
“By offering extended temperature ranges in a number of RapidChip slice families, LSI Logic hits another key milestone,” Bendekovic says. “We are in these markets for the long term.”
It has been 10 years since LSI Logic left the military business because of low volumes; the company has returned for the steady growth that military applications offer, Bendekovic says.
LSI Logic is investing heavily in meeting International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR) requirements and FAA 254 certification, Bendekovic says. The company is taking the development process one step at a time, the first being QML certification for its 0.13-micron process, he adds.
Military and industrial applications must tolerate wider temperature ranges to operate reliably in challenging environments, as well as meet specific regulations and guidelines.
“RapidChip slices offer customers the functionality and nonvolatile benefits of a single-chip device-low power, security, and single-event effect tolerance,” Bendekovic says.
Using LSI Logic’s statistical post-processing (SPP) at wafersort, the RapidChip Integrator family has been tested and complies with the MIL-STD-883B specifications, offering a temperature range of -55 to 125 degrees Celsius.
LSI Logic’s RapidChip Integrator and RapidChip Integrator2 families are also available within the extended industrial-specific temperature range of -40°C to 110°C. For more information go online at www.lsilogic.com.