SUNNYVALE, California – November 3, 2011 – Arteris Inc., the inventor and leading supplier of network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect IP solutions, responded today to Sonics Incorporated’s claims. As a semiconductor IP company, Arteris takes intellectual property issues very seriously. Arteris’ Network on Chip IP technology is substantially different than current Sonics’ products, and Arteris does not believe it needs to take a license for any Sonics patent.
Arteris’ FlexNoC interconnect IP product line generates a true NoC IP with distributed packetized transport and high-level SoC communication services, as opposed to a hybrid bus with centralized cross bars. Arteris has been issued 31 international patents protecting its technology including its FlexNoC product line.
The SoC design industry has been moving away from using hybrid bus interconnects and towards the use of networking interconnect techniques to deal with rising complexity, power efficiency, cost, and time to market pressures. Arteris has innovated to meet the market needs for interconnect IP based on NoC technology. As a result, Arteris has been winning virtually all complex SoC top-level interconnect benchmarks for the last three years. In this timeframe, Arteris has not lost a customer who adopted an Arteris FlexNoC interconnect. Customers who adopt Arteris NoC interconnects virtually never return to using hybrid bus-type interconnects.
Because Arteris has kept up with the technical demands of SoC makers, it has emerged as the market leader in the interconnect IP space with the most effective technology, the largest customer base, the largest number of SoC projects, and the most production-proven economic benefits. Arteris has been adding an average of 3-5 customers per quarter since 2009. Arteris’ installed base has reached 34 licensees through 3Q2011, including 8 of the top 10 semiconductor companies and a majority of the world’s mobility SoC projects.
“It is disappointing that Sonics has chosen to try to slow down Arteris’ market momentum through legal means rather than competing fairly in the marketplace,” said Charlie Janac, President and CEO of Arteris. “We believe that Arteris will emerge from this legal action with an even stronger market and IP position.”
Arteris, Inc. provides Network-on-Chip interconnect IP and tools to accelerate System-on-Chip semiconductor (SoC) assembly for a wide range of applications. Results obtained by using the Arteris product line include lower power, higher performance, more efficient design reuse and faster development of ICs, SoCs and FPGAs.
Founded by networking experts and offering the first commercially available Network-on-Chip IP products, Arteris operates globally with headquarters in Sunnyvale, California and an engineering center in Paris, France. Arteris is a private company backed by a group of international investors including ARM Holdings, Crescendo Ventures, DoCoMo Capital, Qualcomm Incorporated, Synopsys, TVM Capital, and Ventech. More information can be found at www.arteris.com.