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IPextreme® Taps IP Leaders for Constellations™

Stars of Semiconductor IP Brought Together for Collaboration

Campbell, Calif. – April 24, 2012 – IPextreme, Inc., the company bringing famous IP (intellectual property) to system-on-chip designers worldwide, today announced a major advance of its Constellations initiative to bring together like-minded semiconductor IP companies to develop and promote advanced IP solutions.

Constellations is a collective of independent IP companies collaborating at both the marketing and engineering levels. Companies participating in Constellations offer complementary products; membership is open only to non-competing companies to encourage teamwork. Within Constellations, companies work together and share resources to promote mutual success.

Constellations member companies currently include Analog Bits, Certus Semiconductor, Northwest Logic, Sonics, Inc., and IPextreme itself. Enrollment is open to new companies at any time, provided that a competitor has not previously secured a place in the program.

Products are featured on IPextreme’s Xena™ IP management system. Member companies are given a private area on the Xena cloud with full access to all capabilities of Xena, including: cataloging, product management, and customer support. Xena also provides a convenient method for member companies and their customers to recommend IP products from other member companies to colleagues and other customers. Visitors may go to https://xena.ip-extreme.com to view the available products from each of the member companies.

Constellations holds member events throughout the year and facilitates joint participation at trade shows around the world. Increased press exposure and media coverage are added bonuses as companies collaborate on projects and promote one another through their own channels, in turn.

“IP companies increasingly need to partner with other companies in the supply chain to provide effective solutions to customers,” said Warren Savage, President & CEO, IPextreme. “With Constellations, we bring together the best-of-breed IP companies to demonstrate to the industry what can be accomplished by working in tandem.”

What Constellations Members are Saying

Sonics, Inc.
California, USA

“Constellations offers customers the leverage of a larger ‘virtual company’ and, overall, a more comprehensive IP solution,” said Jack Browne, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing at Sonics. “Reaching customers at the right time with a broad portfolio of interoperable IP means quicker time to first system for the SoC designer, while enabling the continuing proliferation of subsytems to improve design productivity.”

Certus Semiconductor
Arizona, US

“The semiconductor industry is becoming so diverse and specialized that customers looking for IP increasingly need multiple suppliers for their product designs. Constellations makes finding those suppliers much easier,” said Stephen Fairbanks, Co-Director, Certus Semiconductor. “Finding and creating high quality customer relationships is best achieved by associating with high quality organizations, and Constellations is one of them. The people we meet and work with in Constellations have been a stellar group of individuals; it really has provided an ecosystem of development and expertise that benefits all its members.”

Analog Bits
California, USA

"With our differentiated and precision SerDes, PLLs, and high density memory playing such a critical role in today's SoC designs, a unique collective such as Constellations provides designers with robust information when and where they need it," said Mahesh Tirupattur, Executive Vice President, Analog Bits.  "Constellations is a strategic part of Analog Bits' global customer outreach."

Northwest Logic
Oregon, USA

“Northwest Logic is excited to work with IPextreme and the other Constellations partners to provide complete, cutting edge IP solutions to our customers,” said Brian Daellenbach, President, Northwest Logic. “Northwest Logic already has a close working relationship with several of the Constellations partners. This alliance will help us broaden our relationships with market-leading IP providers and bring more complete solutions to our customers.”

Constellations Membership and Pricing
Annual membership in the Constellations program is $5,000. Included with the fee are two full Xena user licenses. Additional Xena licenses are available to Constellations members at a 50% discount. For more information and details of the program, visit http://www.ip-extreme.com/partners/constellations.html.

About IPextreme, Inc.
IPextreme packages, delivers, and supports famous IP (intellectual property) designed by large semiconductor companies and used by system-on-chip (SoC) designers worldwide. These production-proven IP products serve both broad horizontal markets and specific verticals, such as consumer and automotive, and are provided in a process-independent and EDA-neutral format for ease of use by the widest range of customers.

With a decade of experience in developing, packaging, licensing, and supporting IP, IPextreme offers a complete business solution that allows semiconductor companies to strategically leverage their internal IP portfolio and expand overall revenue. The company has offices in Campbell, California; Munich, Germany; and Tokyo, Japan with representatives in China, India, Israel, Korea, and Taiwan.

For additional information, please visit www.ip-extreme.com.

About Sonics, Inc.
Sonics, Inc. is a pioneer of network-on-chip (NoC) technology and today offers SoC designers the largest portfolio of intelligent, on-chip communications solutions for home entertainment, wireless, networking, and mobile devices.

With a broad array of silicon-proven IP, Sonics helps designers eliminate memory bottlenecks associated with complex, high-speed SoC design; streamline and unify data flows; and solve persistent network challenges in embedded systems with multiple cores. As the leading supplier of on-chip communications networks, Sonics has more than 110 patent properties and has enabled its customers to ship more than one billion units worldwide.

Founded in 1996, Sonics is headquartered in Milpitas, California with offices worldwide.

For additional information, please visit www.sonicsinc.com, www.sonicsinc.com/blog, and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/sonicsinc.

About Certus Semiconductor
Certus Semiconductor is a novel IO and ESD design company. We have brought together several of the world’s foremost experts in the areas of IO and ESD design, offering to all companies large and small the ability to custom tailor IO libraries and designs to suit their product needs. 

We are focused on working with our customers! That means we will work with your architects, circuit designers, mask designers, and reliability engineers to ensure that the IO and ESD solutions provided are the most efficient, area reduced, power optimized and competitive solutions for your product and your market.

For additional information, please visit http://www.certus-semi.com.

About Analog Bits
Founded in 1995, Analog Bits, Inc. is the leading supplier of low-power, customizable analog IP for easy and reliable integration into modern CMOS digital chips. Our products include precision clocking macros such as PLL’s & DLL’s, programmable interconnect solutions such as multi-protocol SERDES/PMA and programmable I/O’s as well as specialized memories such as high-speed SRAMs and TCAMs. 

With billions of uses of IP fabricated in customer silicon from 0.35-micron to 28-nm processes, Analog Bits is the premier analog IP supplier with an outstanding heritage of "first time working silicon" at merchant foundries and IDMs.

For additional information, please visit http://www.analogbits.com.

About Northwest Logic
Northwest Logic, founded in 1995 and located in Beaverton, Oregon, provides high-performance, silicon-proven, easy-to-use IP cores, including high-performance Expresso Solution (PCI Express 3.0, 2.1 and 1.1 cores and drivers), Memory Interface Solution (DDR3, DDR2, DDR, LPDDR2, Mobile DDR SDRAM; RLDRAM 3, RLDRAM II), and MIPI Solution (CSI-2, DSI). These solutions support a full range of platforms including ASICs, Structured ASICs and FPGAs. 

For additional information, visit www.nwlogic.com or contact info@nwlogic.com.