Alpha Technology was working towards shipping their Viper units by the end of July, but due to technical issues, they had to go through a second-tape-out process, thus delaying the shipments. They waited until July 28th to tell customers about this little surprise, distancing themselves…
Alpha Technology has been deleting posts on their forums and banning people. The boards are now almost completely bereft of posts, yet the old post count is still displayed in the footer as 4,070 posts in 327 topics. The message I received from a customer of theirs indicates that the forum was filled with negative posts about the company. KNC, if you’re reading this, I give you mad props for letting people speak their minds for the most part, on your forums. Alpha Technology apparently emptied the forum by moving everything to the member access only archives to start fresh with their customers and make things better by talking things out like grown-ups… Or perhaps it’s all just damage control.
Fiaz states that Alpha Technology is starting fresh and has unbanned all the members whom they previously banned. He asks everyone to discuss the situation with him on the thread he started, entitled, “A New Direction For Alpha Technology.”
Fiaz, in his post, stated that they will post a new announcement sometime soon and that it will be a total game changer. He never said what the new announcement was, potentially in an attempt to keep people’s interest peaked. From reading the comments, I gathered that his decision to work with the customers to improve the company’s standing was well received.
On July 29th, Fiaz gave a very technical rundown of what happened during the tape-out. As he was talking over most people’s heads, customers asked him to elaborate on what the initials mean, but Fiaz only replied with a link to the “A New Direction For Alpha Technology” thread.
There is no issue with the chip, however during tape-out it was discovered that even though the DRC & LVS reports for the chip is clean, and there are sufficient test structures embedded, GF insisted on having ACLV macros to be embedded to find out details on leakage control. In order to adhere to GF requirement of ACLV macros, the chip had to be inserted with these macros. [They have] been inserted, and the GDS database has been resubmitted so we are hopeful it can be resolved relatively quickly.
In other words, they had to put a special thingy in a special place because someone wanted it there. All kidding aside, if I’m reading this correctly, it basically states that they finished creating the chip, but the chip manufacturer wanted to add another feature to it (something to get details on leakage control) even though they finished the tape-out. This cost everyone months of waiting around for them to add that special feature.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Alpha Technology, but I’ve been burned by PayPal as well.
Photo credit: Viper by Alpha Technology
Last modified: January 10, 2020 2:40 PM UTC