LISBON, Portugal—(BUSINESS WIRE)—June 18, 2007— Recognizing the semiconductor industry's need for an open market approach to providing comprehensive analog intellectual property (IP) solutions, Chipidea(R), the world leader in analog/mixed-signal subsystems and IP, today announced it has created the first Analog IP Foundry(TM) to help customers circumvent the challenges of analog and mixed-signal design.
"As the world's number one provider of analog and mixed-signal IP,
Chipidea is accelerating the growing trend away from discreet analog
solutions and toward greater subsystems integration and advanced
systems-on-chip solutions," stated Jose Franca, co-founder and CEO of
Chipidea. "We recognized the need to accelerate this trend through an
evolved open market approach that extends beyond providing simple IP
blocks. Our Analog IP Foundry approach, in effect, levels the playing
field by providing digital companies with a full range of analog
solutions that were previously the exclusive privilege of IDMs and
large system companies."
Claiming the industry's broadest state-of-the-art analog IP
portfolio, the Analog IP Foundry's product lines include RF, Wireless,
Power Management, Wireline, Audio, Video, and Connectivity Interfaces.
Each of these product lines offer single function analog IP and
subsystem cores that support multi-foundry / multiple-process
generations from 1.8-micron to 65nm. Complementing the product lines
are two key components of Chipidea's IP foundry model - Chipidea's
Advanced Analog Lab and its Integration-to-Production Program.
Chipidea's Advanced Analog Lab
Comprised of more than 250 engineers, Chipidea is the largest
non-captive analog research and development organization in the world.
The Advance Analog Lab drives innovation by developing advanced
architectures and circuitries to address new consumer standards (e.g.
UWB, HDMI, WiMAX, MTV, and GPS) and design for manufacturability
Chipidea's Integration-to-Production Program
At the heart of Chipidea's approach is a total commitment to their
customers' design success. Chipidea's Integration-to-Production
Program builds on the company's application expertise and integration
experience gained by helping customers tape-out more than 200 new
designs per year.
Throughout the Integration-to-Production program, Chipidea's
engineers configure the company's IP to meet specific customer
application requirements, combining IP blocks into highly complex IP
sub-systems. Post silicon, Chipidea's engineers can support the
customer by assisting in characterizing the performance,
manufacturability and production test requirements of their design.
10 Years of Analog and Mixed-Signal Success
During the spring of 1997, three analog and mixed-signal
innovators, Professor Carlos Leme, Professor Joao Vital, and Professor
Jose Franca came together in Lisbon, Portugal to discuss the
challenges of analog design, IP integration, and the future of
system-on-chip design. At the time, they articulated three beliefs
that still hold true today:
1. Analog and mixed-signal design expertise is in short supply and
the ability to develop high-quality, easily integrated IP
requires a company that is focused on advancing not only the
technology of analog, but the process of designing analog IP;
2. The complexity of developing analog and mixed-signal designs
will continue to grow as systems-on-chip (SoCs) become more
complex to meet the growing needs of advanced consumer
electronics and wireless enabled devices; and
3. The successful implementation of intellectual property within
an SoC or system-in-package (SIP) design depends on both the
quality of the IP and the ability of the company supplying the
IP to offer high-quality analog designs that easily hook into
today's design methodologies.
Together, Chipidea's founders realized that there was a great
opportunity to develop a company that would leverage the growing
engineering expertise emerging in Portugal with the demand for analog
and mixed-signal solutions. The culmination of their ten years'
experience and success is Chipidea's Analog IP Foundry.
Chipidea is the world's number one analog/mixed-signal IP supplier
targeting fast-growing market segments including wireless
communications, digital media and consumer electronics. Chipidea
supports blue-chip customers across the globe, has an impeccable
reputation for delivering high-quality products and is known for its
reliable execution. Chipidea licenses its technology to leading
companies in all major markets, delivering everything from
high-precision, single-function blocks, to full analog sub-systems.
For more information: www.chipidea.com