S3 adds custom chip business model

September 11, 2017 // By Peter Clarke
S3 Group (Dublin, Ireland), a global technology group operating in the semiconductor and connected health industries, has announced a change in strategy for its semiconductor division, S3 Semiconductors (S3semi).

From now on S3 Semiconductors will focus on serving industrial and communications OEMs and converting their PCBs, subsystems and systems into mixed-signal ICs delivered as packaged and tested components.

A spokesperson for the company said it would continue to provide design services and IP licensing, a business model that S3 has pursued in the semiconductor sector for many years, but would be looking to focus on providing custom chips designed from a system-level perspective. The company's web site (www.s3semi.com) includes an online calculator that gives customers a first estimate of potential savings.

S3semi has completed over 1000 mixed-signal chip designs for use in industrial and communications markets an IP portfolio spanning analog front ends, clocks, data converters, power management, RF transceivers and temperature sensors.

"For several years now, we’ve been discussing with a growing number of our OEM customers the challenges they face with driving down system costs and differentiating their products," said John O'Brien, CEO of parent company, S3 Group. "Our semiconductor group has an excellent reputation as experts in high performance design for communications, industrial control and consumer applications, but most people don’t appreciate we also have many years’ experience managing the production and logistics of chips for a number of our customers. As Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT gathers pace, and the number of sensor nodes in systems grows, that’s the service OEMs are looking for, so it’s now our primary focus."

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