Infineon, Agere, Motorola form company to develop and license DSP technology

Atlanta, GA – Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, has joined forces with Agere Systems Inc., Allentown, PA, and Motorola Inc., Schaumburg, IL, to establish StarCore LLC, a new company focused on developing and marketing digital signal processor (DSP) technologies that can be adapted for widespread use in new communications and consumer products.

StarCore LLC will develop and license easily scalable DSP cores, based on the established StarCore DSP architecture.

The company is expected to begin operations late summer 2002, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The company will be headquartered in Austin, TX, with a subsidiary office in Tel Aviv, Israel. Initial lead customers will be Agere, Infineon, and Motorola; and StarCore LLC will market its products to semiconductor manufacturers and communications equipment providers worldwide.

“The central goal of the new StarCore is to proliferate world-class DSP core technologies through open licensing,” said Thomas Lantzsch, CEO of StarCore LLC.

Lantzsch comes to the new company from Motorola’s semiconductor products sector, where he was VP and director of IP value creation.

StarCore LLC combines resources from Agere’s and Motorola’s StarCore joint design center, and Infineon’s CARMEL DSP core design and licensing business. Each firm will license StarCore cores for new chip designs.

StarCore LLC will design its DSP cores with the goal of enabling the creation of DSP components that can easily be upgraded, redesigned, and produced while reducing the amount of complex and time-consuming redesign work needed for each new chip implementation.


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