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CHIP EXPRESS ANNOUNCES THE QYH400 'THE TIME TO MARKET GATE ARRAY' FAMILY: 18,000 GATE PROTOTYPES IN A DAY

CHIP EXPRESS ANNOUNCES THE QYH400 'THE TIME TO MARKET GATE ARRAY'
 FAMILY: 18,000 GATE PROTOTYPES IN A DAY
 SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Santa Clara-based Chip Express (Idea '92, Booth No. 740) has begun providing 18,000 gate prototypes in a day. Customers can go into volume production with their current gate array vendors, or can obtain volume production from Yamaha Corp., headquartered in Hamamatsu, Japan.
 The 1.2 micron CMOS QYH400 "The Time to Market Gate Array" family offers the convenience and turnaround of an FPGA, but with both the performance (typical NAND gate delay of 0.35ns) and the low production cost of a gate array. Taking the output from industry design tools, such as Mentor Graphics, Synopsys, Verilog and Viewlogic, Chip Express can provide a prototype of a fully functional gate array in about an hour. For small and medium volume production, Chip Express' OneMask(R) Technology significantly cuts NRE cost and time.
 Chip Express' patented disconnect methodology is changing the rules of the game for high performance system design. Chip Express' laser programmable gate arrays (LPGAs) are particularly attractive for software intensive, video, audio and complex designs that are timing critical. In may cases, these kinds of applications are impossible to simulate in software. Chip Express' high performance gate array prototypes allow designs to be tested at speed, allowing concurrent development of software and hardware -- shaving months off development cycles.
 According to Zvi Or-Bach, founder and president of Chip Express, "Chip Express is revolutionizing the way companies are designing ASICs. Our fast turnaround time not only shortens the design time, but simplifies the task of ASIC design simulation. That means that products can get to market months sooner than previously possible. Our customers tell us that without Chip Express, it would have been impossible to meet their accelerated design schedules."
 "Offering a gate-array-in-a-day has proven to be more than just a slogan, it is becoming a crucial component for leading PC and consumer electronic companies working with us both here and in Japan," explained Adi Gamon, Chip Express co-founder and vice president of marketing and sales. "Our services will enhance the attractiveness of the gate array solution, which until now, has proven both too time consuming and risky. Companies now can have the freedom to explore a number of alternatives before committing to the marketplace. Our customers are enthusiastic supporters of our approach and are coming to depend on our rapid turnaround of high performance gate array prototypes for a bigger chunk of their product mix."
 NRE costs for Chip Express' Gate-Arrays-in-a-Day prototyping services range from $5,000 to $25,000 depending upon complexity, number of designs and level of participation in the Major Account Program. The cost of production gate arrays is competitive with current production prices (averaging around 0.1 cent per gate).
 Chip Express, headquartered in Santa Clara, offers a range of high performance gate array prototyping and production services. Privately held, Chip Express' shareholders are Elron Electronic Industries Ltd. of Israel and Intex Corp. of Japan. For more information, contact Chip Express, 2903 Bunker Hill Lane, Suite 105, Santa Clara, Calif, U.S.A. 95054. Telephone: 408-988-2445; FAX: 408-988-2449.
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 NOTE: See Chip Express at Idea '92, San Jose Convention Center, Booth No. 740.
 /CONTACT: Adi Gamon of Chip Express, 408-988-2445; or Maxine or Ron Bingham of Maxtec Communications, 408-496-6744, for Chip Express/ CO: Chip Express ST: California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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