The EDA company Cadence Design Systems Inc. has agreed to sell and transfer its Panta display controller cores to the semiconductor IP licensor ARM Holdings plc. Though Cadence has been developing its IP core position -- significantly with the recent acquisition of Tensilica Inc. -- it has agreed to let the Panta range go to ARM. No price was given for the deal.
The Panta range of display processor cores and scaling coprocessor cores was co-developed by Cadence and ARM, the companies said in a joint press release. The cores are targeted at multimedia applications for mobile devices and would therefore be appropriate for inclusion in main application processors. This also makes power efficiency a focus of the IP cores.
Panta is a family of IP cores that was jointly developed by Evatronix SA SKA of Bielsko-Biala, Poland and ARM. The ownership of the Panta display controller cores passed to Cadence when it acquited Evatronix in May 2013 (see Cadence buying Evatronix to boost IP pool).
"The addition of the Panta family of display cores to the ARM product portfolio will help our ecosystem of partners get to market quickly with high-end displays that are fully integrated with ARM's leading Mali graphics and video solutions and protected with ARM TrustZone security," Pete Hutton, general manager of ARM's media processing division, said in the release.