LONDON ARM Holdings plc, a developer of processor related intellectual property (IP), has said it has acquired Soisic SA, a developer of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) IP. How ARM acquired Soisic and the purchase value were not disclosed in the announcement of the purchase.
The privately held Soisic (Grenoble, France) is a company associated with SOI wafer supplier Soitec SA (Grenoble, France) and has net assets of approximately 250,000 euros (about $315,000), ARM (Cambridge, England) said. Soitec was an early investor in Soisic.
Soisic has developed standard cell libraries, embedded SRAM memory compilers and I/O cells targeted at SOI manufacturing process technologies ranging from 0.25-micron down to 90-nm. Soisic's Grenoble office is set to become a design center for ARM physical IP and SOI technology.
"SOI technology is a leading candidate to address the power and performance scaling issues associated with traditional bulk CMOS processes as they migrate to ever-smaller geometries," said Mike Muller, chief technology officer of ARM, in a statement. "The acquisition of Soisic adds a new capability to our physical IP portfolio offering the potential for significantly better optimization of performance and power consumption for our partners."
"As process geometries continue to shrink, SOI technology will play a larger role in extracting the performance increases and power savings required to make these new-generation products economically viable," said Jean-Luc Pelloie, managing director and chief technology officer of Soisic. ARM did not state if Pelloie would have a position within ARM following the acquisition.