PITTSBURGH -- Three Pennsylvania companies have joined the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse, a partnership to encourage high-tech research in the Pittsburgh area.
The three companies -- Neo Linear Inc., Videon-Central Inc., and Sima Products Corp. -- today signed letters of intent to be a part of the Associate Membership Program, designed to target small to medium-sized electronic design firms in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Neo Linear, located in Pittsburgh, provides software tools for designing mixed-signal ICs which grew out of research at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. It claims to have developed the first automated layout tool for mixed-signal IC analog cells.
Videon-Central, of State College, designs digital video hardware and software in partnership with chip companies, for applications that incorporate MPEG-2 encoding and decoding, DVD, and HDTV technology.
Sima Products, in Oakmont, is a 25-year-old company that makes audio and video products such as mixers, digital special-effects editors, character generators, and home theater and digital photo accessories.
As part of their membership, the three companies will assign a senior technical representative to attend Technology Advisory Board meetings held by the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse.
"With the creation of this program, we can use the expertise of these small companies to help us coordinate the goals of the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse, while assisting them with software and funding for projects in the areas of digital video and digital networking," said Dennis Yablonsky, president and CEO of Digital Greenhouse. In return, companies will receive preferred access to SOC training modules developed by the Digital Greenhouse, the ability to submit proposal ideas for funding, a close working relationship with partners already committed to the initiative, and access to electronic design software.
Pennsylvania launched the Greenhouse project as a non-profit organization lure development of next-generation system-on-a-chip (SOC) technology in the area. The first three corporate members were Sony Corp., Oki Electric Industry. and Cadence Design Systems Inc. Also participating are Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Pennsylvania State University, along with local and regional agencies (see June 10 story).