Microcosm to get DTI gigabit Ethernet grant

Microcosm to get DTI gigabit Ethernet grant
Svetlana Josifovska Microcosm Communications, the UK fabless chip company, is to receive a grant of up to ?145m from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for the development and production of devices for the emerging gigabit Ethernet market. Approximately ?45,000 of the grant, received under the SMART scheme, will be used for the development of a CMOS PIN pre-Amplifier IC prototype for the 1.25Gbit/s Ethernet market. The prototypes will be sampling before the end of the year and will be the first devices available commercially in CMOS, supporting 3.3V. The rest of the grant will contribute to the production of the devices. The pre-amplifier IC forms a part of a three-IC chipset currently being fabricated. The chipset is complementary to the digital I/O devices for the gigabit Ethernet market supplied by the big semiconductor players such as National Semiconductor and VLSI Technology. “Those devices are complementary and they won’t compete with our device. They have digital input and output whilst we do the analogue driving and receiving,” said Gary Steele, Microcosm’s founder.


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