Leader in memory IP will increase ASIC chip speed while shrinking chip size.
Cisco has acquired Memoir Systems, a leading provider of memory intellectual property (IP) licenses for use in Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) chips.
Memoir develops memory intellectual property (IP) that increases the performance and reduces the area of standard memory in ASICs. By adding Memoir technology to Cisco's future ASICs, Cisco is able to extend its ASIC differentiation since standard memory access can be accelerated up to 10x; and the technology can also reduce the overall footprint that this memory takes up in a typical ASIC. This advantage becomes critically important as port densities increase and port speeds move from 10G to 40/100G.
Memoir's technology and talent can be used across the entirety of Cisco's future ASIC projects as every advanced chip uses on-chip memory, and these memory blocks take an increasingly large portion of the overall ASIC. The reduced footprint and increased performance that can be achieved through using Memoir technology allow Cisco to continue to innovate at the chip level and tie these innovations to the system requirements of our customers.
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