IBM expands custom chip offerings

IBM is expanding its custom chip-design business, planning to introduce this week details of a new Customized Control Processor (CCP) chip intended for use in networking systems.

IBM's aim is to broaden the ASIC (application specific integrated circuit) market by assisting manufacturers that would not otherwise consider ASICs, IBM said. IBM will help customers in designing tailored chips for their products, attempting to reduce the complexity and cost of such design tasks through offerings such as CCP, which includes a number of preconfigured components.

IBM plans to discuss CCP at this week's Embedded Processor Forum, in San Jose, California. A white paper on CCP will be released Wednesday.

CCP is a launching point for what IBM said will be a range of customizable offerings. The company's Microelectronics division will work in conjunction with its Engineering and Technology Services unit, pairing chip technologies with design capabilities.

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