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Semico Research & Algotochip Collaborate on Design Methodology Research

Algotochip, specialists in converting C models of algorithms directly to a complete SoC silicon IP, announced the availability of a research report from Semico Research that states the researchers belief “that the Algotochip design methodology offers a very good alternative to the current SoC design flows employed today.”

The semiconductor industry today is faced with several substantial issues—not the least of which are the continuing rise in design costs for SoCs (System-on-a-Chip), the decrease in the incidence of 1st time effort designs and the increase in the design cycle time against shrinking market windows and decreasing product lifetimes. An additional factor has now been added to SoC design costs with the emergence of the very complicated software applications intended to run on the SoC silicon. The costs of the software effort have outstripped the silicon design costs and have become the major part of the cost in most of these designs.

Although these problems may seem insurmountable, Semico believes that the Algotochip design methodology offers a very suitable alternative to the current SoC design flows employed today.

“Not only is Algotochip able to make the silicon design effort more efficient by reducing design cycle times and design costs,” said Richard Warzyniak, Senior Analyst. “Their design approach can offer customers the opportunity to have more designs completed in less time and for less money than competing alternatives.”

“Algotochip guarantees that its SoC meets all the performance specifications made by the customer, and insures that it will be first time right,” said Didier Boivin, VP marketing, Algotochip. “Given the increasingly complex nature of SoC designs, this guarantee means companies can deliver products more quickly and less expensively than previously thought possible.”

The report addresses several of the interrelated issues that impact SoC designs. Topics covered include how economic turmoil, raising design costs and unpredictable demand inhibit a company’s ability to deploy the latest innovations.

About Semico Research

Semico Research Corp is a semiconductor marketing and consulting research company located in Phoenix, Arizona. Semico was founded in 1994 by a group of semiconductor industry experts. We have improved the validity of semiconductor product forecasts via technology roadmaps in end-use markets. Semico offers custom consulting, portfolio packages, individual market research studies and premier industry conferences.

About Algotochip

Algotochip is the industry’s first company to provide complete SoC GDSII from Algorithms written in C-code in as little as 8 weeks. The company’s patented approach provides five direct benefits to the customer: 1) Algotochip enables the customer to realize the complete custom SoC from their C-code in a very short time. Algotochip fully supports industry standard ANSI C-code; 2) There is no need to license any 3rd party IP cores for the SoC nor pay royalties, as all the components of the SoC are custom designed for the user algorithm; 3) Algotochip enables the customer to quickly explore the potential area, power, and cost for envisioned products; 4) Algotochip enables the customer to explore different implementation choices in terms of process technology and fabrication houses; and 5) Algotochip achieves significantly lower power through proprietary power aware architecture design.

The company is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California, U.S.A. For additional information, please visit http://www.algotochip.com.

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