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HKSTP taps IBM's PowerPC IP core

Posted: 11 Aug 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PowerPC core  IP core  intellectual property  CPU 

Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corp. (HKSTP) and IBM Corp. have partnered to make IBM's PowerPC SoC intellectual property (IP) available through HKSTP's new Secure Virtual IP Chamber.

The IP agreement will enable HKSTP's partner companies and clients all over the world to use IBM's advanced technology to design prototype products with PowerPC cores in a secure environment that can significantly reduce risk and improve time-to-market at competitive cost.

"We are very delighted to expand our relationship with IBM, which first started in 2007, to create value for our partner companies and clients," said Allen Yeung, VP of business development and technology support of HKSTP. "The milestone agreement reflects the endorsement and confidence of IBM in the strengths of HKSTP's Secure Virtual IP Chamber enabling IP protection and technology collaboration."

SoC technology enables smaller, thinner and longer battery life for consumer electronics such as mobile phones and digital cameras. SoC refers to the placing of multiple-function systems on a single silicon chip and has been key to advancements in the semiconductor industry. But integrating SoC involves time consuming development of in-house IP as well as acquiring IP licence from external developers. The process of integration thus requires substantial IP collaborations. Such collaboration in the past was not that forthcoming due to trust issues between IP suppliers and IC design companies.

The Secure Virtual IP Chamber provides HKSTP's partner companies and global clients with secure online access to a wide array of powerful resources including software, IP, information and materials in circuit and systems design and product manufacturing. It also provides IP by leading international suppliers, including ARM, Cadence and Synopsys, in addition to IBM, at as little as a quarter of the original costs in some areas. Electronics companies and industries using IT solutions will be the first to benefit from the agreement.

"The PowerPC core agreement and the establishment of the Secure Virtual IP Chamber show HKSTP's commitment not only to IP protection for technology development, but also our dedication to driving Hong Kong forward as a regional hub for technology and innovation," stated E. Anthony Tan, CEO of HKSTP. "HKSTP will continue to form strong alliances with key technology vendors like IBM and provide services such as the Secure Virtual IP Chamber to help companies innovate and create value.

"IBM is expanding its Power Architecture, the most scalable architecture in the world, in collaboration with a number of companies that can add unique value to that Architecture," said Bernard Meyerson, IBM, VP of strategic alliances. "Working with HKSTP as a trusted IP partner, we are providing our customers with greater value by giving them the option to evaluate, design, and use IP in a well-protected environment while enabling them to achieve cost and time-to-market goals,"

Power Architecture is an embedded CPU architecture and a dominant player in routers, networking equipment, 3G base stations, storage, automotive, multimedia gaming and digital/interactive TV. In a further expansion of IBM's efforts to provide this technology to universities, the company is now providing HKSTP-designated users with commercial cores (IBM 405 and 460 cores) with SoC. The Secure Virtual IP Chamber service facilitates access to services that help keep the cost for designing prototypes low.

The new agreement builds on the partnership HKSTP and IBM put in place in 2007 to promote semiconductor foundry services in the Asia Pacific region by leveraging IBM's leading semiconductor technology.

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