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Silicon Image acquires German IP house for $13.5M

Posted: 08 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IP? intellectual property? design? Silicon Image? sci-worx GmbH?

Silicon Image Inc. has acquired German design service and intellectual property (IP) provider sci-worx GmbH from Infineon Technologies AG for approximately $13.5 million in cash, the company disclosed last week (Jan. 4).

The company said the acquisition would accelerate the expansion of its SoC design capabilities for the storage, distribution and presentation of high-definition (HD) content in the consumer environment.

Founded in 1990 as Sican, sci-worx owns 18 registered and pending patents, according to the company. sci-worx derives revenues from more than 50 IP products in the area of video/image processing, wireline communications, security and bus interfaces, Silicon Image said, adding that sci-worx has approximately 172 employees, more than 80 percent of whom are engineers.

Silicon Image said it would continue to support the current sci-worx customer base and will enhance its overall IP programs to include products and services from both companies.

"This acquisition enhances our ability to provide our top-tier consumer electronics customers with a full-line of ICs, from our industry-leading HDMI chips to our new front-end input processors to next generation fully-integrated storage, networking and DTV SoC products, and furthers our goal of enabling the secure connected HD home and personal domain," said Steve Tirado, president and CEO of Silicon Image, in a statement.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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