Peter Clarke, EETimes
11/30/2012 8:14 AM EST
Silicon & Software Systems Ltd., otherwise known as S3 Group, has been a center of IC design in Dublin, Ireland, for more than 25 years. But the fast pace of technological and business change in the semiconductor business means that longevity is no guarantee of success. However, longevity does indicate a company that is prepared to adapt to survive.
As a company S3 does more than design circuits. It has business units in digital TV software and telehealth systems, which in a way reflect the origins of the company. It was originally set up by Philips Semiconductors as a remote design base in Dublin, so that it didn't have to keep relocating graduate engineers from Ireland to Eindhoven, Netherlands.
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