Update: MIPS Technologies Acquires Chipidea (August 27, 2007)
With offerings in 90nm and 65nm, leading analog-mixed signal IP provider announces cores for video, wireless broadband and mobile TV SOCs
LISBON, Portugal – November 29, 2006 – Chipidea, the world’s leading provider of analog/mixed-signal silicon intellectual property, announced today that it provides the widest available portfolio of analog front-end and data converter IP in Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing’s most advanced foundry process technology. With complete subsystems and individual cores available in 65nm and 90nm technology, Chipidea offers the most compact designs of analog front end (AFE), digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converter IP for System-on-Chip integration in the video, broadband (m) WiMAX/Wibro, WiFi, Ultra-Wideband and Mobile TV markets.
Chipidea has worked with Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, one of the world’s top dedicated foundries, to make the AFE and data converter designs ready on the most advanced process technology available. Intended to ease integration process for designers producing leading-edge SoC devices, this development provides key building blocks and complete sub-systems for consumer electronic devices in fast-growing markets.
The data converter IP was prepared on Chartered’s 90nm and 65nm technologies, part of the IBM-Samsung-Chartered Common Platform. Chipidea’s IP solutions provide SoC builders with greater flexibility to integrate data converter IP into their designs, and heralds Chipidea’s readiness to supply complete analog front-end IP in advanced technology.
“By working with foundry partners and listening to input from customers, we have made our data converter and AFE IP ready for integration and suitable for leading-edge applications,” said João Vital, Chipidea co-founder and vice president of the Data Converter Business Unit. “Our extensive experience in these market segments and in designing AFEs, and our engineer-to-engineer contact help market-leading companies get to market quickly with leading-edge devices. No other IP company matches Chipidea’s breadth of data converter IP in the most advanced process technologies.
The first IP cores designed for advanced process technologies are Chipidea’s Video ADC and Video DAC for High Definition TV, and an IQADC designed for Mobile TV and broadband wireless communications. All the IP cores have flexible power modes suitable for battery powered applications.
Chipidea will soon have available complete low power AFE Video and Wireless communications, and other single blocks designed for IBM’s, Chartered’s and Samsung’s Common platform processes.
Chipidea Microelectrónica S.A. is the world’s leading provider of analog/mixed-signal silicon intellectual property, according to market researcher Gartner Dataquest Inc. The company is a key supplier to system-on-chip designers targeting fast-growing market segments in wireless communications, digital media and consumer electronics. With the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of silicon-proven technology across a variety of product lines, Chipidea offers the widest breadth of intellectual property solutions for the world’s multi-function integrated circuit industry. Chipidea works hand-in-hand with its customers to ensure that its unique analog/mixed-signal expertise results in silicon success. Based in Lisbon, Portugal, Chipidea employs 250 people in research, development and sales and marketing offices across Europe, Asia and North America. Information about Chipidea can be found at www.chipidea.com