Dublin, Ireland, 8th June 2005 - Silicon & Software Systems Ltd (S3), a leading supplier of licensable mixed signal solutions, today announced that Micronas (SWX Swiss Exchange: MASN, Frankfurt: MNSN, Prime Standard Segment, TecDAX), a leading supplier of innovative application-specific IC system solutions for consumer and automotive electronics, has licensed S3's mixed signal IP for their recently launched, fourth generation COFDM demodulator IC family DRX 397xD.
As part of the agreement, S3 designed and delivered a complete Analog Front-End (AFE) that included a range of S3's silicon-proven, mixed signal IP supported by extensive integration consultancy from S3's experienced mixed signal designers. S3's high performance 10 bit A/D converter and low phase noise PLL formed a critical part of the AFE, enabling features such as re-use of the tuner clock to be made possible, generating a cost effective solution.
"S3 helped us to enter volume production rapidly by achieving first-time-right silicon resulting in a best-in-class performance product. The high level of integration achieved has made it possible to offer customers a low-cost bill of material solution that perfectly meets our customers' requirements. One of the key benefits of engaging with S3 was their ability to combine their silicon-proven IP and professional services to deliver complete solutions," said Dirk Wieberneit, VP & General Manager of Product Development, Consumer ICs at Micronas.
Commenting on S3's success at Micronas, Mike Murray, Business Manager for Mixed Signal IP at S3, said "We are delighted to have accelerated Micronas' time-to-market for DVB products through rapid and successful deployment of our leading edge mixed signal IP and we look forward to extending our working relationship further."
About Silicon & Software Systems Ltd. (S3):
Silicon & Software Systems (S3) has a 19 year track record of providing innovative System IC design solutions right first time based on a unique combination of Design Expertise, Proprietary IP and Advanced Methodologies. S3 focuses on leading edge IC design and has already completed many designs in 90 nm targeting various foundries. S3 works with the world's top semiconductor companies (IDMs and fabless) and has working relationships with leading foundries such as IBM, TSMC and UMC.
S3 provides a specialized portfolio of Mixed Signal IP featuring blocks such as ADCs, DACs, PLLs and LVDS transmitter for a variety of technically demanding applications such as Wireless LAN, Broadband Communications, Imaging and Video. With over 200 experienced design engineers, S3 addresses the complete System IC Design process: from Architecture to Verification, to System Verified Silicon.
For more information visit: www.s3group.com/design/ic/mixed. About Micronas
Micronas (SWX Swiss Exchange: MASN, Frankfurt: MNSN, Prime Standard Segment, TecDAX), a semiconductor designer and manufacturer with worldwide operations, is a leading supplier of cutting-edge IC and sensor system solutions for consumer and automotive electronics. As a market leader in innovative, global TV system solutions, Micronas leverages its expertise into new markets emerging through the digitization of audio and video content. Micronas serves all major consumer brands worldwide, many of them in continuous partnerships seeking joint success. While the holding is headquartered in Zurich (Switzerland), operational headquarters are based in Freiburg (Germany). Currently, the Micronas Group employs about 1900 people. In 2004, it generated CHF 963 million in sales.
For more information on Micronas and its products, please visit www.micronas.com.
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