Icera exit is good news for startups
5/16/2011 4:16 AM EDT
IP must offer more, but costs less
Interestingly ARC was born out of a graphics company, and developed a technology that could be used for general purpose processing, audio and communications processing; what will Synopsys do with it now?
Imagination again started as a graphics company and moved in to audio (through acquisition) and has solutions for general purpose processing and communications.
ARM started in general purpose processing and has tried to get into graphics and communications through acquisition. Tensilica has communications but not graphics. What is MIPS doing now?
And then there is the issue of increased performance requirements versus power consumption best served through multiple cores, but how do you program them and debug them to get that performance?
As well as seeing higher levels of integration within the traditional digital side we should expect to see higher and higher complete SOCs where the number of external components can be reduced to as close to zero as possible.
So I hope with the Icera chapter closing that we have now reached a new era that will see money flowing again into U.K. semiconductor innovation and startups.
Rick Clucas was a co-founder and chief technology officer of Argonaut RISC Cores Ltd. which went on to become ARC International plc. He has also served as CEO at Ignios Ltd. and Coresonic AB.