LONDON Duolog Technologies Ltd. (Dublin, Ireland) a provider of 802.11 wireless LAN intellectual property and design services, with offices in Dublin, Galway, and Budapest, Hungary, has changed into an EDA company.
Duolog, founded in 1999, has grown to about 130 staff and has developed both design services and intellectual property block business models, however it has found its greatest success with licensing of verification and validation tools that automate the insertion of IP blocks into system-chips.
Ray Bulger, founder and CEO of Duolog, said that the IP business model had proved problematic in the wireless LAN space with all but the smallest companies refusing to pay royalties. Many companies wanted to cut one-off license deals for IP blocks and a large number of companies took other companies' chips rather than develop SoCs for time to market reasons.
But while Duolog experienced some resistance to its IP block business model it found tools that it had developed internally we're being requested.
It has developed this into a product suite that includes Weaver for connectivity management and IP block standardization, Bitwise for register and memory mapping and documentation, and Spinner for I/O management. These three point tools go under the umbrella name of Socrates - a high-level design environment for block handling.
"Texas Instruments was a key customer for us. Some 70 percent of the world's mobile phones used our EDA tools because Texas Instruments used them to develop the OMAP chip," said Bulger.