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VC-seeking Adiabatic Logic joins ARM community

Posted: 30 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:intellectual property? chip communications? integrated circuits?

Adiabatic Logic Ltd, a company formed in 2002 to exploit intellectual property in low-power on- and off-chip communications is in negotiations to raise about #5 million (about $9 million) in venture capital. The company has also joined the ARM Connected Community of its near neighbor ARM Holdings plc.

Adiabatic (Cambridge, England) has developed a design of output driver for integrated circuits that it claims can save 50 to 75 percent of the power consumed in inter-chip communications when compared to conventional series terminated drive schemes. It does this without imposing performance, or data rate limitations, the company claims. The company received a government grant worth #500,000 (about $900,000) and said it was looking to close its first funding round in September 2004 with a view to producing 130-nanometer technology-specific, production-worthy IP cells and a design kit.

"We are looking to raise about #5 million and we believe the timing is right for us," said Simon Payne, chief executive officer of Adiabatic. Payne declined to say who he is talking to or give any timetable on what negotiations would be completed.

As to joining with the ARM program Payne declined to comment on whether this was related to applying the Adiabatic IOD cells to versions of the AMBA on-chip bus.

"We attended the ARM Developer Conference last year and thought it would be good to join with the community of companies who are interested in low-power solutions," said Payne. The IOD technology is being targeted at portable devices such as laptops, smartphones, handheld computers, digital cameras and MP3 players, a similar set of applications to those where ARM processors are used.

Payne hinted that in the future Adiabatic would not only be about the IOD energy-efficient signaling. "We intend to be the world leader in the application in micro- and nanoscale energy recycling techniques to low-power electronic system design.

- Peter Clarke

EE Times

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