TAIPEI, Taiwan --- Computer chipset maker Via Technologies Inc. has acquired Freehand DSP AB of Sundbyberg, Sweden, for an undisclosed sum.
Freehand has developed DSP cores for voice communications applications such as adaptive filtering and echo cancellation and offered them for license as semiconductor intellectual property (IP) (see May 9, 2000, story). In February 2001 Freehand announced the licensing of a core to RealChip Communications Inc.
In particular Freehand specializes in tailoring DSP word-width to particular applications to minimize power consumption.
The latest report did not say whether Freehand would continue to offer cores for license or would become an internal design engineering resource for Via.
"Freehand's strengths in DSP complement VIA's long term goals for the wireless market, where the capability of programming cores for different applications lends considerable flexibility for the adoption of DSP technology into our wireless product roadmap," commented Wenchi Chen, president and chief executive officer of Via, in a statement. "Moreover, the low power and small core size enable longer battery life and greater portability for enhanced mobility, in line with our vision of Total Connectivity."
Earlier this month, VIA signed a licensing agreement with an arm of mobile communications giant Ericsson for the use of Bluetooth wireless technology (see October 1 story). Via also bought the CDMA chip design group from LSI Logic Corp. recently.