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ARC acquires multimedia IP design firm

Posted: 26 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:configurable processor? multimedia IP? acquisition? DSP? information security technology?

Configurable processor specialist ARC International has bought for $4 million multimedia IP developer Alarity Corp.

The bulk of Alarity's development team is based in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the 40-strong group focuses on codec software, firmware and advanced multimedia architectures.

The acquisition includes all of Alarity's employees and its extensive library of optimized solutions for standard definition (SD) and HD video, hi-fidelity audio, imaging, DSP and information security applications.

The price being paid could be augmented by a further $1.8 million paid over two and a half years based on the successful completion of agreed performance targets. The acquisition may have a cost impact of up to $905,599 on ARC's financial year 2007 figures.

Founded in 1998, Alarity initially was focused on developing proprietary information security technology, and was among the first to formulate the concept of a trusted computing platform. In 2001, the company extended its activity to the areas of DSP and multimedia targeted at chip designers focusing on image, video and audio processing Alarity's designers have already collaborated with ARC on projects for tier-one OEMs.

Eugene Metlitski, co-founder and CTO of Alarity, will join ARC's Office of the CTO currently staffed by Akash Deshpande, David Greaves, Tom Pennello and Nigel Topham. Felix Litvinsky, co-founder and CEO of Alarity, also joins ARC as a vice president of the company.

Commenting on the deal, Carl Schlachte, president and CEO of ARC International, said: "The acquisition of Alarity supports ARC's strategy of providing comprehensive, integrated SoC solutions for advanced multimedia applications. In engagements with major customers, Alarity has proven its ability to optimize algorithms, software and system architectures for highly efficient and ultra-low power operations.

"By being a full-time member of the growing ARC team, a broader set of customers will benefit from the ability to quickly leverage Alarity's world-class offerings for their high-volume SoC designs."

- John Walko
EE Times Europe

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