Two rumors about Qualcomm, Arteris and DSP architectures lead to tantalizing speculation about a new type of DSP-based IP subsystems.
Rumors are tricky things – hard to prove but sometimes harder to disprove. Experience has taught me that the best way to judge technology-based rumors is by looking for convergence. Here’s a case in point: John Cooley at DeepChip has posted emails that suggest Qualcomm may be engaged in an asset buy with Network-on-Chip (NoC) company Arteris.
This rumor must be weighted in the context of today’s semiconductor intellectual property (IP) environment. It is not unusual for smaller companies to be acquired by larger ones ostensibly for their IP. Conversely – or to encourage such an acquisition – smaller companies are licensing more and more of their in-house IP for external sales. Why?
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