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RE: Anybody seen this?

Hi Larry


Producing chips in a fabless fashion is quite simple


1)      You create the design

2)      You send the design off to a fab to be made


Even many of the chips from traditional manufacturers are now made in “third party” fabs such as TSMC. Hardly surprising when a state of the art fab is some $7B.


XMOS chips are effectively fabless.


The Kalray chip seems to have a fair bit of inheritance from the ST VLIW stuff that superceded the transputer, which is hardly surprising since most of the staff CVs are ex ST/ST-Ericsson.


Producing the chips is not cheap, because of mask costs. However, there are low volume schemes whereby several customers chips are put on the same wafer to cut costs.



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From: Mailing List Robot [mailto:sympa@xxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Larry Dickson
Sent: 16 March 2013 15:40
To: ael
Cc: Herman Roebbers; occam-com@xxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Anybody seen this?


I poked around and found



which had some details but no data sheet. My guess is that their design hasn't totally gelled. How does one go about producing chips in a "fabless" fashion? Is each prototype just a one-off, like ordering boards?


Larry Dickson


On Mar 16, 2013, at 2:35 AM, ael <A.E.Lawrence@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 11:27:32PM +0100, Herman Roebbers wrote:

Did anybody see this: http://www.kalray.eu/ ?
I visited their stand at Embedded World.

I couldn't find a data sheet, so pretty hard to evaluate. But it looks
interesting. I didn't see an evaluation board either, so presumably they
haven't quite got a real product yet?