SAN JOSE, Calif. – A day after it was sued for patent infringement by network-on-chip specialist Sonics Inc., Arteris Inc. released a statement defending its technology as unique. The company provided a few details of its market traction to support its claim.
An Arteris spokesman said that as of the evening of November 2, the company has not yet seen the Arteris suit. Sonics made a copy of the complaint available online.
Arteris said its FlexNoC interconnect IP products generate packet networks different from the "hybrid bus with centralized crossbars" Sonics uses. SoC designers have "been moving away from using hybrid bus interconnects… and as a result, Arteris has been winning virtually all interconnect benchmarks for the last three years," the Arteris statement said.
Specifically, Arteris has licensed 34 companies to date and has been adding an average of three to five customers per quarter since 2009, it said. Customers include eight of the top 10 semiconductor companies and a majority of the world’s mobile SoC projects, the statement added.
Arteris claims its customers include the HiSilicon division of Huawei, Intel, LG, Samsung, ST-Ericsson, Texas Instruments and Via Telecom.
Arteris has 31 international patents. As such "Arteris does not believe it needs to take a license for any Sonics patent," it said.
"It is disappointing that Sonics has chosen to try to slow down Arteris’ market momentum through legal means rather than competing fairly in the marketplace," said Charlie Janac, chief executive of Arteris, "We believe that Arteris will emerge from this legal action with an even stronger market and IP position," he added.
Sonics sued Arteris on November 1, claiming seven Arteris products including FlexNoC violate seven Sonics patents filed before Arteris was founded.