AUSTIN, Tex. -- Clare Inc. of Massachusetts has struck a semiconductor applications partnership in voice telecommunications and voice-over-broadband systems with Austin-based Legerity Inc., the communications chip spin-off from Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Under a collaborative agreement, the two companies plan to deliver turnkey telecom reference design boards and solutions, based on Legerity's voice connectivity chip sets and Clare communications ICS.
The first reference design will be aimed Foreign Exchange Office (FXO) applications, said the two companies. These reference design platforms will show system engineers how to achieve higher levels of functional and software integration while streamlining development of trunk interfaces, said Clare and Legerity, which announced their partnership on Monday. The first reference design platform will incorporate Legerity's digital signal processor-based, four-channel QSLAC codec/filters and Clare's Litelink phoneline interface ICs.
The pairing up Legerity and Clare chips "will enable communication system manufacturers to jumpstart their next-generation designs and get to market faster," predicted Ron Van Dell, president and CEO of Legerity in Austin.
Clara and Legerity said the jointly-offered design solutions will be aimed at worldwide telephony standards traditional voice applications as well as emerging voice-over-broadband (VoB) systems.
"This collaborative engineering and marketing agreement will enable central office linecard and voice-over-broadband system designers to achieve new, higher density solutions that can be programmed to meet any global phone system's regulatory requirements," said Larry Mihalchik, president and CEO of Clare based in Beverly, Mass.
Separately on Monday, Clare announced it has entered into a licensing and service agreement with Linear Dimensions Inc., a Chicago-based fabless semiconductor company, to design and offer high-voltage linear amplifiers for electrostatic actuation in all-optical switches and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). These products will be manufactured with Clare's high-voltage silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology and marketed under Clare's product name.