LONDON IMEC, the Belgian independent microelectronics research centre, has spun-out its low power design tool technology for data and memory optimization known as ATOMIUM to PowerEscape,
Inc.(Palo Alto, California).
Terms of the deal were not revealed.
The technology was developed by IMEC to optimize algorithms, software and memory sub-systems for lower power and improved performance in communications and electronic devices such as digital audio, imaging, and video.
IMEC and its industrial research partners have already used the ATOMIUM technology to develop low power devices in applications such as digital audio, MPEG-4 and wireless communications. These power optimization projects have often led to energy consumption being reduced by an order of magnitude while significantly boosting performance.
PowerEscape licensed the technology from IMEC as the starting point for its PowerEscape Analyzer product, which was launched today (Monday 26th January).
IMEC stressed it will continue its research in power-efficient design technologies such as optimization of the memory hierarchy in single and multi-processor systems, automation of energy-saving loop transformations and the exploitation of concurrency and dynamism in applications
"Given the vast experience and in-depth market knowledge of Guido Arnout, who is well known and well respected in the electronics and EDA industries as founder and Chairman of CoWare and co-founder and President of the Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI), we are confident that PowerEscape will be successful in taking this technology to market,"
said Rudy Lauwereins, Vice President of Design Technology for IMEC's Integrated Information and Communications Systems division.
"IMEC has consistently demonstrated practical solutions to real design challenges. It is their mission to partner with tool companies such as PowerEscape to turn its technologies into robust and commercially supported products," commented Arnout.
PowerEscape Analyzer and PowerEscape Analyzer+Cache help algorithm designers, software developers and system architects create cooler, faster and cheaper electronic appliances and systems. PowerEscape says the products are the first commercially available tools that enable designers to optimize the critical algorithms of today's electronic appliances and systems for lower power.
"Traditional dynamic power reduction techniques make reaching performance goals very difficult, if not impossible," said Arnout. "These products introduce power estimation and analysis early in the design cycle, enabling designers to make decisions about power up front to meet or exceed their power goals. In beta testing, PowerEscape Analyzer has shown power reductions of more than 80%, compared to the less than 5% power savings HDL or physical level power reduction techniques typically yield."