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Virage Logic expands IP portfolio
Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES, Taipei [Wednesday 28 July 2010]

Virage Logic has announced the expansion of its semiconductor IP product portfolio with the introduction of SiANA, an offering of analog IP components for building multimedia consumer electronics devices, and Integra, a portfolio of SoC infrastructure IP.

Integra is based on the proven technology that Virage Logic acquired from NXP in November 2009, according to Virage Logic. The new portfolio of SoC infrastructure solutions includes multi-layer and control networks, embedded quality of service (QoS) functionality, and memory controllers for embedded SRAMs/ROMs.

The SiANA IP offering is designed for low power in TSMC's 40nm, 65nm and 90nm process nodes, Virage Logic said. The portfolio provides building blocks for general purpose SoC implementations, as well as precision subsystems for multimedia and communications.

Initially developed by R&D teams at NXP and Philips Electronics, the entire SiANA analog IP portfolio has been proven in silicon through test qualification programs and/or in volume production in Philips' or NXP's products, Virage Logic noted.

The new SiANA analog IP portfolio is optimized for consumer electronics applications such as digital TV and set-top boxes (STBs), as well as computer and telecom applications such as TV tuner cards, application engines and baseband interfaces for 2.5G, 3G, GPS, BT, DECT, TVoM, WiMAX and WLAN.

"Virage Logic's customers benefit from the convenience of working with a single broadline supplier of silicon-proven IP to help accelerate their SoC development. This now extends beyond the previous Virage Logic portfolio of memory-related IP to embrace analog functionality," said Rich Wawrzyniak, senior analyst for ASIC and SoC at Semico Research Corporation. "From a design point of view, the ability to obtain more highly-differentiated IP from a single source can reduce the time spent in finding and qualifying other IP vendors for the other functions every SoC needs. This also extends to the needs of the design team for obtaining support functions from the IP vendor after the initial licensing phase is over. Obtaining more varied, high-performance IP from a single source increases the efficiency of SoC design teams because they can concentrate their time on doing designs instead of hunting for the right IP to fit their needs."

Virage Logic in November 2009 completed its buyout of ARC and later the month, it acquired NXP's CMOS IP rights and certain engineering talent and equipment.

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