Sonics Licensees Shipments Surpass Two Billion Units

Sonics System IP Adoption Fueled by Increasing Chip Complexity

Milpitas, Calif -- October 26, 2012 -- Sonics, Inc., the leader of system IP for cloud-scale SoCs, today announced that its licensee shipments have passed two billion units worldwide fueled by the growing demand for high-bandwidth content, like HD videos, music and games, found on connected devices, like smartphones, tablets and notebooks.

With a broad system IP product portfolio, boasting more than 110 patent properties, Sonics is the world’s leading supplier of system IP, which includes on-chip networks, power, security and memory subsystems. Eight of the world’s top 10 semiconductor companies use Sonic’s technology to radically shape many cutting edge consumer, multimedia, automotive, mobile, networking and cloud-computing products.

“Today’s chips are extremely complex. They can combine more than one hundred IP cores, while needing to improve performance and reduce power consumption – placing tremendous pressure on SoC designers and architects,” said Sonics president and CEO Grant Pierce. “Surpassing two billion units underscores Sonics’ commitment to our customers from early architecture definition through final production. We appreciate each of them trusting Sonics with their most critical SoC designs.”

“Growing demand for high-bandwidth content presents a tremendous growth opportunity to companies that help SoC designers build chips faster and at lower cost regardless of design complexity,” said Richard Wawrzyniak, senior market analyst at Semico Research. “With expanding System IP capabilities, Sonics addresses growing chip complexity head on with its system-level expertise in network, memory, power and security subsystems, which are vital to today’s connected devices, automobiles, and enhanced mobile and networking equipment.”

Consumers expect their connected devices to work quickly without draining battery life, which increases complexity at the chip level. SoC architects also face a dizzying number of IP cores and subsystems, further complicating matters. Sonics’ world-class system IP and design expertise enable SoC architects to build the innovative chips they set out to create and bring their products to market at accelerated speeds. Sonics’ technology is used in a wide range of consumer-electronics devices worldwide – including automobiles, smartphones, tablets, notebooks, gaming devices, Wi-Fi routers and HDTVs, and is also incorporated into the networks and infrastructures that support those devices. That number is expected grow as Sonics’ continues to innovate and invest in the most advanced system IP solutions that enable customers to lead in these very competitive markets.

About Sonics

Sonics, Inc. is the leader of system IP for cloud-scale SoCs. As a pioneer of network-on-chip (NoC) technology, Sonics offers SoC designers one of the world’s largest portfolios of system IP for mobile, digital entertainment, wireless and home networking. 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. Sonics has more than 110 patent properties to date and has enabled its customers to ship more than two billion chips worldwide through the end of 2012. Founded in 1996, Sonics is headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., with offices worldwide. For more information, please visit, and follow us on Twitter at

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