Dialog Semiconductor Licenses System-level Core from Amphion

2/28/2003 - Amphion, the leading provider of semiconductor intellectual property (SIP) for digital video and image coding system-on-a-chip (SoC) design, announced that Dialog Semiconductor Plc (Nasdaq & Nasdaq Europe: DLGS; Neuer Markt: DLG) has licensed a highly optimized system-level core solution from Amphion for utilization in a high-volume standard product ASIC design. Headquartered near Stuttgart, Germany with additional design facilities in the UK, the USA, Sweden, Austria and Japan, Dialog is a world-leading developer and supplier of mixed-signal semiconductor technology for imaging, audio and power management.

Commenting on this first license agreement with Amphion, Roland Pudelko, CEO and President of Dialog Semiconductor, said, "Dialog designs chips and system-level solutions that enable advanced applications on mobile phones, such as multimedia messaging, video, gaming and digital audio players. Amphion provides innovative cores that set the benchmark for performance, features and design reuse quality, and engage with Dialog's product road-map. Dialog's success to date is built on working with industry-leading partners that can demonstrably enhance our ability to deliver technologically advanced semiconductor solutions to the wireless communications, automotive and industrial markets."

James G Doherty, CEO of Amphion, said, "Amphion is extremely pleased to enter into this major new license agreement with Dialog. Dialog joins a great number of systems, semiconductor and fabless clients that have already leveraged the performance benefits and time-to-market advantages of Amphion cores for video and imaging applications."

Amphion offers a wide range of silicon-proven cores for video, image, and audio signal processing in targeted-netlist formats for SoC/ASIC technologies and FPGAs. The standard set of core deliverables for ASIC usually comprises a bit-accurate C model, pre-compiled HDL simulation models, Verilog and VHDL testbenches, a gate-level netlist, and comprehensive user documentation.

About Dialog Semiconductor
Dialog Semiconductor develops and supplies mixed signal component and system level solutions for wireless communications, automotive and industrial applications. Dialog’s innovative products developed in 100% CMOS are used by major OEMs across the world. The company focuses on high volume applications where it can exploit its mixed signal expertise, IP design library and effective execution from specification to delivery. The company is headquartered near Stuttgart, Germany with additional design facilities in the UK, the USA, Sweden, Austria and Japan. Dialog Semiconductor Plc is listed on the Frankfurt (Neuer Markt: DLG), on the NASDAQ (DLGS) and NASDAQ Europe (DLGS) exchanges and included in the Nemax50 since December 27, 2001. For more information, visit http://www.dialog-semiconductor.com

About Amphion
Amphion is the leading supplier of video and image coding solutions for performance-, power-, and cost-sensitive multimedia electronics with a comprehensive range of silicon-optimized products. Using proprietary techniques to directly map digital signal processing functions and algorithms into hardware, Amphion develops and licenses semiconductor intellectual-property (SIP) cores that are close to optimal in terms of power, cycles, and area - computationally up to several orders of magnitude more efficient than equivalent functions implemented on a programmable processor. Amphion cores operate standalone, or by direct interface to industry-standard RISC and DSP processors, and can be easily migrated through successive generations of fabrication technology, thus preserving engineering investments in SoC design. Amphion is a privately held company with corporate headquarters and engineering in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK and worldwide sales and marketing headquarters in San Jose, California, USA. For more information, visit http://www.amphion.com

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