Silicon & Software Systems (S3) Introduces 90nm IP Portfolio for Consumer and Enterprise Networking Applications; S3 to Demonstrate Mixed-Signal Expertise at TSMC Technology Symposium

SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 15, 2006— Silicon & Software Systems Ltd (S3), a leading supplier of licensable mixed-signal intellectual property building blocks, today announced the availability of silicon-proven data converter IP for designs in the 90nm process technology node. The company will demonstrate these new IP cores to customers gathering here at the TSMC Technology Symposium, Wednesday, May 17.

S3's extensive 90nm IP portfolio includes ADCs, DACs and associated PLL components, optimized for integration in System ICs targeting consumer and broadband communication applications. Some of the end markets served by S3 customers include WLAN and WiMAX, digital broadcast standards (e.g. DVB-T and DVB-H) and High-Definition (HD) video applications.

Last August, Gartner Dataquest reported that the "analog and mixed signal IP grew by 36 percent in 2004, almost twice as much as the total IP market. We expect market growth to be equally impressive in 2005. This growth is being enabled by new tools and methodologies that aim to increase the value of the IP relative to the cost of integrating it into a SOC (system-on-a-chip)."(1)

"S3's successful R&D investments in 90nm process technology services and products have already generated considerable interest from the company's global customer base of IDM and fabless suppliers," said Mike Murray, S3 Mixed Signal IP general manager. "Customers recognize the significant benefits of increased levels of product integration available to them at 90nm and they are repeatedly validating this point by incorporating our proven IP in their advanced SoC designs."

S3 has already taped out solutions, integrating its IP into single-chip systems, and has leveraged its considerable experience at 90nm with more than 20 SoC designs in the 90nm process technology node.

A major attraction for customers is access to S3's engineering design expertise in combination with proven silicon IP. The advantage of a one-stop-shop for IP and design services at the 90nm node is clear to customers who need to ensure confidence that their product will meet shrinking market windows and will speed time to revenue for their end-customers.

S3 will discuss its design services capabilities and the advantages of incorporating its mixed-signal IP blocks into single-chip systems at its display at the TSMC Technology Symposium at the San Jose Convention Center, Wednesday, May 17. (1) Gartner, Inc., "Analog and Mixed Signal IP Is Growing in Importance" by Christian Heidarson. August 8, 2005.

About Silicon & Software Systems Ltd. (S3):

S3 delivers innovative System IC design solutions based on a unique combination of semiconductor engineering expertise, advanced methodologies, customizable IP and application knowledge. The company addresses complete System IC design processes from architecture to verification to system verified silicon. S3 focuses on leading-edge IC designs, including products at the 90nm and 65nm process technology nodes. S3's global customer base includes the world's leading semiconductor companies (both IDMs and fabless suppliers) and the company teams with major foundry partners.

S3 offers an extensive portfolio of silicon-proven customizable Mixed Signal IP, featuring high-performance analog building blocks such as ADCs, DACs and PLLs for a wide variety of technically demanding System IC, Digital Consumer, Network Infrastructure and Medical System applications including Wireless LAN, Broadband Communications, Imaging and Video. S3 was founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1986 and has operations in six countries: Ireland, USA, the Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic and the UK.

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