LONDON #151; ARC International plc (Elstree, England), known as a supplier of configurable processor cores and subsystems, has said it has acquired Tenison Technology EDA Ltd. (Cambridge, England) system-level EDA company for £1 million (about $2 million) in cash.
Tenison was founded in 1999 by David Greaves from work originating at Cambridge University, specifically in synthesis and translation between VHDL and C language descriptions. Over the subsequent years he developed modeling, simulation, and verification products to predict critical metrics of an SoC before the design is sent for manufacture.
The privately held company includes Broadcom, Freescale, and Renesas as key customers and the acquisition includes fifteen members of Tenison's engineering team, patents, and products such as the VTOC software suite and IP exchange technology.
ARC is forming the Tenison team into its Cambridge engineering center and has appointed Greaves to ARC's Office of the CTO. Greaves is a faculty member and lecturer at Cambridge University.
The Tenison products will be integrated into ARC's tool suite for configurable processors and multimedia subsystems.
"SoCs for consumer applications are increasingly dominated by chips incorporating multiple processors along with IP from multiple sources. To address the design challenges of customers using these technologies, ARC now will provide its own 'Star IP' and software tools along with Tenison's technology to enable customers to create power-efficient, high performance, and low cost SoCs," said Carl Schlachte, president and CEO of ARC in a statement.
For the year ended Dec. 31, 2006 Tenison reported a net loss of £1.4 million (about $2.8 million).
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