SOURCE: Lightspeed

December 06, 2006 11:03 ET

Lightspeed Logic Strengthens Global Presence With New Representative

Mask Reconfigurable IP Provider Expands Reach With Japanese Sales Team

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 6, 2006 -- Lightspeed Logic, the leading provider of mask reconfigurable IP, today announced that it has partnered with Laflin Ltd. to represent Lightspeed and its products in Japan. The addition of Laflin will further strengthen Lightspeed's reach into the Japanese market, where the company has already initiated sales of its products.

The Japanese semiconductor market is a fit for Lightspeed Logic because the major integrated device manufacturers in Japan are ramping deep submicron process technologies. Lightspeed Logic's mask reconfigurable logic array provides these vendors with several cost and time-to-market advantages over cell-based chip architectures at these process nodes.

"We selected Laflin Ltd. because of their experience with semiconductor intellectual property and their broad relationships in the design community in Japan," said Maureen Blando, Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Lightspeed. "Our company and products have been well received in Japan, a testament to our ability to provide the technology solutions needed for companies who require flexibility, improved time to market, and enhanced yields to move their designs rapidly through the technology curve."

The Laflin team will be responsible for all sales activities in Japan.

"We believe both Laflin and Lightspeed will strongly benefit from this relationship. Our extensive experience in working with Japanese electronics companies, coupled with Lightspeed's proven success and leadership in the mask reconfigurable IP marketplace, will enable us to successfully engage with several top-tier Japanese customers. The additional benefit of using structured regular silicon to drive higher yields and therefore lower cost per good die is of increasing importance to Japanese semiconductor companies," said Rick Ader, CEO, Laflin Limited.

About Lightspeed Logic

Lightspeed Logic is a provider of mask reconfigurable intellectual property (IP), a digital logic implementation technology that provides time-to-market, yield, manufacturability, and development expense advantages over standard-cell implementation. Founded in 1996, Lightspeed has developed and brought to market four mask-reconfigurable architectures, the most recent of which is a regular logic structure available for multiple foundries, IDMs and process nodes. The company is currently working with customers at the 150, 90, 65, and 45 nm process nodes. Lightspeed's corporate headquarters are in Santa Clara, CA. You can find more information on Lightspeed at

About Laflin Limited

Laflin Limited promotes and sells products and solutions from leading edge technology providers targeting foreign markets, specializing in the semiconductor and consumer electronics industries of Japan and the U.S. More specifically, Laflin provides sales and services for electronic design automation (EDA) and intellectual property (IP) providers from the U.S. and Europe targeting the Japanese integrated circuit (IC) design and manufacturing marketplace. Likewise, Laflin provides a solid distribution channel to the U.S. for Japanese IC manufacturing companies interested in developing and expanding their business in the U.S. Laflin was founded in March, 2005, and is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. More information about Laflin Ltd. can be found at

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