Sentinel IC Technologies Expands Operations to Europe

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. & DELEMONT, Switzerland — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 9, 2010Sentinel IC Technologies, leading provider of innovative, robust design enablement platforms proven to optimize and shorten the analog, mixed-signal, RF, and power semiconductor design process, today announced its first expansion outside the U.S. with the opening of a European Technology Center in Delemont, Switzerland, just outside of Basel.

While retaining its headquarters in Orange County, California, the new location allows Sentinel IC to better serve its European customer base and take advantage of growing European business opportunities. Located in the heart of Europe, Delemont is in immediate proximity to all centers of European high tech.

The European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) reported that semiconductor sales in Europe showed an increase on a three month rolling average, and were up over 34 percent in July 2010 versus the same month one year ago. This is the highest level since 2007, according to the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS).1

ESIA also reported that the semiconductor industry is Europe’s second most R&D intensive sector, over six times that of the EU industry average. Semiconductors rank alongside other sectors such as biotechnology or pharmaceuticals as a "high R&D intensity sector," with semiconductor R&D investment hitting the 4 billion EURO mark for 2008 amongst the surveyed companies.2

"We've successfully established a strong portfolio of innovative design solutions and tools and look forward to extending the deployment to the European foundry, integrated device manufacturer (IDM), and fabless semiconductor market. Our advanced analog design enablement technology portfolio aligns closely with Europe’s analog-centric core technology solutions," said James Victory, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, Sentinel IC.

The expansion coincides with the two-year anniversary of the company's founding, during which time Sentinel IC has established significant development partnerships with leading foundries, IDMs, and fabless semiconductor companies from around the world. Sentinel IC has delivered innovative, cutting edge design enablement tools including the Magneto integrated Electromagnetic platform and the VirtuaLOT simulation system.

Coinciding with this announcement, Sentinel IC will be presenting its yield maximization platforms at the IEEE® SISPAD 2010 conference in Bologna, Italy. In addition to today’s SISPAD workshop, Sentinel IC has delivered invited workshop presentations at multiple conferences including the GSA® sponsored MOS-AK and IEEE® RFIC Symposium.

About Sentinel IC Technologies

Sentinel IC Technologies is a privately owned and independent company incorporated in June 2008 with the mission of addressing the growing design enablement needs of the RF/analog semiconductor design community. The company delivers state-of-the-art design enablement solutions that empower design of high performance, high-yield, cost effective ICs while significantly reducing development cycles and time to market. Sentinel IC products and services leverage extensive experience across the RF/analog mixed-signal technology spectrum including nano-scale CMOS, SiGe BiCMOS, and BCD/high power technologies. For more information, visit http://www.sentinel-ic.com.

1 "Latest Semiconductor sales data, for immediate release," 30 August, 2010
http://www.eeca.eu/index.php/esia_press/en/

2 "Europe’s semiconductor industry ranks second in EU R&D intensity scoreboard even in turbulent times, as EU sets itself to discuss how to boost innovation and key enabling technologies," 3 February, 2010
http://www.eeca.eu/data/File/100127-ESIA-Press-Release-RD-intensity-final.pdf



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