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VeriSilicon to buy embedded GPU IP vendor

Posted: 14 Oct 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:VeriSilicon? GPU? Vivante? OEM? ARM?

Vivante boasted that its VIP7000 family of vision image processor IP cores features "algorithm-level programmability where the basic element of application development is at the algorithmic level rather than the arithmetic level." This approach, based on algorithm-level programmability, allows designers to develop apps faster, while minimising silicon area and power consumption, the company said.

Vivante in automotive

Although declining to disclose the names of Vivante's licensees, Wayne Dai said that Vivante's customers are "absolutely tier ones."

Vivante noted among its milestones that "a leading automotive semiconductor vendor has selected Vivante, while Vivante now has GPU design wins at seven of the top 10 OEMs."

Turning licensed IP into custom chips or custom subsystems is easier said than done, although this is often what ODMs/OEMs and service companies desire.

Wayne Dai believes that's where his company comes in. He explained that VeriSilicon offers a custom silicon turnkey service that combines its technology and a mixed signal IP portfolio tailored for a broad range of process technology nodes. Included are advanced nodes such as 28nm and 22nm FD-SOI, FinFET and provide product engineering service for SoC as well as system in a package (SiP).

"We shorten design cycle, enhance quality, and reduce risk," he said. The breadth and flexibility of VeriSilcion's design solutions can attract not only emerging silicon startups, but also established semiconductor companies. "OEMs, ODMs, and large Internet platform companies are also seeking solutions," noted Dai.

The merger of VeriSilicon and Vivante is subject to the approval of shareholders from both companies. They also need to go through customary closing processes and regulatory approvals. But the transaction is expected to close in the fourth calendar quarter of 2015, said Dai. "We don't expect any delay."

VeriSilicon-Vivante deal

Wayne Dai's (right), featured with his high-achiever siblings, Weili Dai (centre), Marvell co-founder, and brother Wei-Jin Dai, president and CEO of Vivante, on the Top China cover story in 2012.

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