Commentary: Electronics IP Industry – An August 2010 Update

"The proliferation of 3G and 4G enabled wireless devices is creating exponential growth and demand for greater bandwidth and higher data rates," said David DeMaria, vice president of Business Operations at MoSys. "By teaming up with Radiocomp and GDA, our joint IP solution will help component designers implement a highly configurable solution that supports today's mobile and wireless standards, and ultimately improves wireless users' experience by providing faster downloads of data and video."

The new joint solution is compliant with version 4.1 of the CPRI specification and version RP3 v4.1 of the OBSAI specification, but is ready to support future protocol line rate extensions of up to 10 Gbps using Radiocomp's market-leading IP, which will provide the high capacities needed to support the explosive growth in mobile broadband traffic.

By partnering to provide proven interoperability, application notes, and direct engineering assistance, MoSys, Radiocomp, and GDA will help designers speed time-to-market and reduce cost and risks while improving customer productivity and cost of ownership. The target market for the combined MoSys, Radiocomp, and GDA IP solution will be device and component manufacturers.

"We are experiencing a sharp rise in the demand for easy-to-use, off-the-shelf, and plug & play CPRI and OBSAI IP core solutions capable of boosting the bandwidths and data rates of mobile base stations. Our experience in developing and deploying CPRI & OBSAI-enabled LTE Remote Radio Heads shows that our IP solutions are fully functional and ready for use. The joint solution will help customers minimize design efforts, and greatly accelerate their time to market," said Christian Lanzani, Senior Product Manager at Radiocomp.

Mr. Isaac Sundarajan, CEO of GDA Technologies Inc., a fully owned subsidiary of L&T Infotech, and Executive Vice President of Product Engineering Services at L&T Infotech, stated, "As industry leaders in our respective technologies, we are offering customers silicon proven SIP in Serial RapidIO versions 1.3 and 2.1 uniquely with AXI to Serial RapidIO with DMA & DME bridging functions for the best solutions available on the market specifically for the growing Wireless Base Station SoCs. We are uniquely positioned because we are able to reduce integration cost and risk, while shortening time-to-market."

For more information, contact MoSys at

About Radiocomp

Radiocomp is a leading provider of systems and components for next generation mobile and wireless networks. Radiocomp is the first company in the world to develop and manufacture state-of-the-art, fully-software-configurable remote radio heads and components for WiMAX and LTE radio networks. For more information visit For sales contact Email Contact.

About GDA Technologies

GDA Technologies is a leading Electronic Design Services (EDS) and Silicon Intellectual Property (SIP) solution provider for the embedded, networking, and consumer electronics markets. GDA is a 100% subsidiary of the L&T Infotech and part of Product Engineering Services (PES) offerings that aim to provide end-to-end product design capability to customers. GDA is headquartered in San Jose, CA, with satellite design centers in Sacramento, Chennai and Bangalore.

On July 22, 2010 Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS) reported financial results for the second quarter of 2010.

Revenue for the second quarter of 2010 was $38.9 million, down 76.0% sequentially from the first quarter of 2010 and up 44.0% as compared to the second quarter of 2009, primarily due to the revenue recognized from the agreements signed with Samsung during the first quarter of 2010.

Revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2010 was $200.7 million, up 269.5% over the same period of last year, also due to the agreements signed with Samsung during the first quarter of 2010.

"This quarter showcased great progress in our diversification strategy with the GE Lighting license agreement," said Harold Hughes, president and chief executive officer at Rambus. "We also saw solid patent and solutions license revenues driven by strong worldwide sales of computers, consumer electronics and game consoles."

Net loss for the second quarter of 2010 was $12.5 million as compared to a net income of $150.9 million in the first quarter of 2010 and a net loss of $24.0 million in the second quarter of 2009. Diluted net loss per share for the second quarter of 2010 was $0.11 as compared to a net income per share of $1.28 in the first quarter of 2010 and a net loss per share of $0.23 for the second quarter of 2009.

Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2010 was $138.4 million as compared to a net loss of $41.4 million for the same period of 2009. Diluted net income per share for the six months ended June 30, 2010 was $1.18 as compared to a net loss per share of $0.40 for the same period of 2009.

Rambus, Inc. self description:

Rambus is one of the world's premier technology licensing companies. Founded in 1990, the Company specializes in the invention and design of architectures focused on enhancing the end-user experience of computing, communications and consumer electronics applications. Additional information is available at

Rambus News Highlight:

Rambus Inc. announced on July 28, 2010 a high-performance, low-cost DDR3 memory controller interface solution tailored for consumer electronics. Rambus' DDR3 solution was the first to demonstrate operation in working silicon at a data rate of 1866 megatransfers per second (MT/s) in a low-cost wire bond package. Rambus demonstrated this technology during the July 28 Denali MemCon 2010 conference, at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, in Santa Clara, CA.

Rambus offers its DDR3 memory controller interface solution to its licensees as a PHY development package (PDP) which allows memory interface designers to customize their DDR3 implementation for their specific application. Rambus' DDR3 interface solution PDP includes all the necessary building blocks, PHY architecture, schematics, models, generic layout, floor plan, verification IP, implementation documentation, testing documentation, design scripts and simulation files, to ensure design success.

"Our licensees benefit from Rambus' patented innovations and leading design expertise in a silicon-proven DDR3 interface solution they can customize to their needs," said Sharon Holt, senior vice president of Licensing and Marketing at Rambus. "This high-performance DDR3 solution tailored for wire bond packaging is ideally suited for a broad range of consumer electronics including next-generation HDTVs, digital set-top boxes and Blu-ray players and recorders."

The DDR3 interface solution builds on Rambus innovations such as:
  • FlexPhase™ circuits for optimum memory system timing
  • Output driver calibration which supports high data rates and improved system voltage margin
  • On-die termination calibration for improved signaling environment
  • LabStation™ software for rapid bring-up, characterization and validation
Rambus also offers its licensees engineering services such as package design, system board layout, statistically based signal and power integrity analysis, reference guidelines, and bring-up assistance. These services improve time-to-market, support robust operation and high yield in mass production. With over two decades of experience in high-speed design, Rambus is the leader in providing total system solutions for performance memory systems.

Stock Market Prices of the G5 Electronics IP Providers

Measured at the ends of Q2 2010, Q1 2009 and Q2 2009, Table 3 below shows that the combined G5 (total) stock price during Q2 2010 slightly underperformed the NASDAQ Composite sequentially (i.e. the G5 total decreased nearly 14% since March 31, 2010, whereas the NASDAQ Composite dropped “only” 12%). But despite its decline during Q2 2010, by the end of Q2 2010 the combined G5 (total) stock price had still outperformed the NASDAQ year-over-year (by +50% year over year for the G5 total vs. +15% for the NASDAQ Composite).

(All of the G5 firms are listed on the NASDAQ. The sixth firm Virage Logic was omitted from this chart this quarter, having reached a plateau at $12 a share by mid-June - the price per share offered by Synopsys - and stayed there once the acquisition was announced). Note that each of four IP vendors' stock prices improved during Q2 2010, only to have Rambus' Q2 decline of almost minus 20% drag the entire G5 into a decline of minus 14% for the quarter).

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