Samsung Foundry partner SemiFive has bought leading mixed signal IP developer Analog Bits.
Analog Bits, based in California, has provided key designs such as phase locked loops and power management for leading edge chips such as the wafer-scale AI system from Cerebras. It was one of the first partners for Intel’s foundry programme as well as developing IP for GobalFoundries.
The acquisition sees Semifive expand its capabilities and portfolio to include design IP for system-on-chip (SoC) with a focus on the Samsung process technology. This is SemiFive’s first overseas acquisition after completed acquisitions of Hanatec, Sesol Semiconductor and Dahsim in Korea where it is headquartered.
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“We are rapidly executing our growth strategy to be the New Global Hub of Custom Silicon,” said Brandon Cho, CEO and founder of SemiFive. “Analog Bits has a solid track record of developing and delivering differentiated and high-quality mixed signal IP addressing multiple market segments on various process technologies down to 3nm. This latest acquisition further affirms our vision to provide more enabling technologies with differentiated values to any industry players who wants access to custom silicon.”
“The custom SoC and IP markets are growing faster than ever. Having the combined global talents and assets will enable us to elevate our service to customers and partners while enhancing overall IP roadmap and portfolio,” said Alan Rogers, President and CTO of Analog Bits. “Analog Bits will bring experience and capability of every leading-edge fab to the SEMIFIVE group, allowing us to serve our customers with a greater breadth of offering.”
SemiFive has developed an SoC platform approach significantly reduces chip development cost, schedule and risks, enabling more diverse industry players to innovate and challenge the semiconductor landscape. Design platforms for AI inference and AIoT applications are available today with multiple customer adopters and it is adding a high performance compute platform to its SoC platform roadmap.
The acquisition brings the team to over 350 staff, with offices in Korea, United States, India and Vietnam.
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