Frontier Silicon Selects Mixed-Signal IP from S3 for Advanced Digital Radio SoC

SAN JOSE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — April 20, 2009 Silicon & Software Systems Ltd. (S3), a world leading provider of mixed-signal semiconductor IP solutions, today announced that Frontier Silicon has licensed its mixed-signal IP for their Chorus 3 SoC. S3 delivered a high performance PLL from its portfolio as part of the deal. Frontier Silicon is a leading supplier of innovative semiconductor, module and software solutions for digital radio and connected audio systems and this advanced digital radio and audio baseband network processor SoC is now widely available to the market.

"S3 achieved first-time-right silicon and helped us to rapidly enter the market with our Chorus 3 SoC. The low jitter performance of this PLL means that we can offer a superior product that will help drive the successful migration to DAB digital radio across Europe and Australia. The key advantages of working with S3 are first-time-right silicon, best-in-class performance, on-time delivery and excellent integration support. Our partnership with S3 has enabled us to develop the most optimum SoC solution for DAB," said Bob Heads, VP Engineering, at Frontier Silicon.

Commenting on S3's success at Frontier Silicon, Mike Murray, General Manager for Mixed Signal IP at S3, said "Frontier Silicon is developing innovative solutions on advanced process nodes and we are very pleased to have enabled them to get to market quickly with their DAB product, through the rapid and successful deployment of our leading edge mixed-signal IP. We look forward to extending our working relationship further for their next SoC developments."


About Silicon & Software Systems Ltd. (S3):

S3 is the Connected Consumer Technology Company, providing products and professional services to enable semiconductor companies, consumer electronics companies and healthcare providers to deliver next-generation devices, systems and services to consumers at home and on the move. For IC designers and product managers, S3 delivers a comprehensive portfolio of mixed-signal IP and design services for power-efficient single-chip systems. S3’s mixed-signal IP includes a wide portfolio of high performance A/D and D/A converters, PLLs, Analog Front Ends (AFEs) and other miscellaneous circuits which have been silicon proven at a number of merchant foundries (TSMC, UMC, Chartered, IBM, Tower, SMIC) at nodes ranging from 0.18um to 65nm. End markets served by S3 clients include WiFi, WiMAX, LTE, mobile and fixed digital broadcasting, DOCSIS, Digital Video, Digital Radio, Imaging and power-line communications.

S3 is also a leading provider of mobile DTV client software, via its TV Technology business.

Founded in 1986, S3 has design centers in Ireland (Dublin and Cork), Lisbon in Portugal, Wroclaw in Poland, Prague in the Czech Republic and San Jose in the USA, with sales offices and representatives globally. For further information please visit

About Frontier Silicon

Frontier Silicon is the world’s leading supplier of integrated circuits and modules for digital audio receiver products and mobile digital TV. Established in 2001 as a privately funded fabless semiconductor company, Frontier Silicon has over 140 employees. The company is based in Watford, England, with design centres in Cambridge, Dublin and Shannon. Frontier Silicon also has branch offices and technical support representation in Hong Kong, China and Japan. Products include complete solutions for digital audio systems including DAB, Internet radio and mobile TV, from silicon through software to production-ready platform designs.

Customers include Bang & Olufsen, Bose, Bush, Cyrus, Denon, Goodmans, Grundig, harman/kardon, Hitachi, JVC, Magic Box, Ministry of Sound, NAD, Onkyo, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, PURE, Revo, Roberts, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, TEAC, Tivoli Audio and Yamaha.

Frontier Silicon is a trademark or registered trademark of Frontier Silicon Ltd.

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