Lucent Technologies yesterday announced that its Microelectronics Group will make a $US10 million minority investment in Chip Express.
As part of the investment agreement, the companies will develop future versions of laser-programmable system chips, devices that speed the development -- by weeks or even months -- of new ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits) in computers and consumer electronics products, according to Lucent statement.
The two companies will also develop laser-programmable gate array technology for chips with parts that measure one-quarter the width of a micron. These gate arrays are circuits that contain thousands of transistors and other electronic components on a chip that connect to all components.
Lucent will then use the gate array technology to help build its chip system products, according to a Lucent statement. These products combine functions including logic, memory and analog circuitry on one piece of silicon that will deliver more advanced capabilities in electronic products, the company said.
Chip Express is a provider of laser-based products for quick customisation of semiconductor devices.