IDT, the Californian communications IC developer, is seeking to increase the number of partnerships it enters into.
Its most recent partnership was struck with Alcatel last week. The two have jointly developed a bridge and router reference design to provide a faster design cycle for DSL applications.
Rather than develop its own DSL chipset, IDT decided to combine its own comms processor with chipsets already established in the marketplace.
And, at the beginning of last month, it linked with Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) to interface its Internet protocol co-processors and AMCC's network processors. IDT has also decided to collaborate with Intersil.
Bernard Davies, European marketing manager, told Electronics Times: "We are going to do a lot more [partnerships] across the company as a whole. With new products, we need more complete solutions to [come to] market — software and operating systems as well. The market will bounce back."
Partnerships are expected to cover integrated processors and Internet protocol co-processors as well as to buoy its fledgling telecoms products business.
The telecoms division is expected to contribute small revenues for the foreseeable future, but is expected to be the fastest growing. It has just announced three products that address the T1, E1 and J1 transmission standards.
"The message is that we are now firmly a telecoms-specific product portfolio company putting products in place for designs that will ramp," said Davies.
"The [telecoms products group] will gradually become more important in relation to SRAM. We continue [with SRAM] but it's not a focus for IDT."