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Intel acquires multimedia DSP licensor

Posted: 24 Feb 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DSP accelerator? Atom processor?

Intel Corp. recently announced its acquisition of the Netherlands-based Silicon Hive BV, a spin off from Philips Research Laboratories.

With Intel Capital as one of its former key investors, Silicon Hive licensed customized parallel processing DSP accelerators for various multimedia applications. In 2008, Intel signed a deal with Silicon Hive to license embedded parallel processor architectures, compilers and programming tools for cellphone applications.

The amount that Intel has agreed to pay has not yet been disclosed; nor is it is clear whether Silicon Hive will be run as a separate division. It is also not clear whether Silicon Hive will continue to support the extensive list of chipmakers to which it has licensed its technology.

In a statement, Intel said that the acquisition would bring enhanced still-imaging and multimedia video processor technology, compilers and software tools to the Atom processor portfolio. "The Silicon Hive capabilities will aid in the delivery of more differentiated Atom processor-based SoCs as multimedia and imaging grow in importance across the mobile smart-device segments," Intel said.

A spokesperson for Silicon Hive said they could not give more details than Intel had provided in a press release.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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