Accent Design Services to Speak at International Fabless Forum

8/3/2004 - Massimo Vanzi, General Manager of Accent Design Services, one of Europe's leading and largest semiconductor design factories, is to speak at the International Fabless Forum 2004, Future Horizons' 2nd Annual International Fabless Forum to be held in Dublin on 24th-26th October 2004.

The International Fabless Forum 2004 will focus on "Managing The Fabless Business Model Reality". Having survived both the worst recession and funding drought in semiconductor history, the fabless community now faces two new challenges:

Massimo Vanzi will discuss the options and solutions available to fabless companies as they seek to successfully address the challenges and issues that this rapidly evolving market presents. In doing so, he will draw on the polychromatic experiences of companies that are utilising its Highway to Silicon methodology outlining the benefits of openness, commercial control, cost efficiency and a simplified supply chain that fabless companies can derive from adopting a virtual IDM approach to design and manufacturing services.

Accent's Highway to Silicon has been specifically conceived to meet the combined demands of the fabless and pure-play foundry business models. It is structured to relieve customers of the burden of dealing with supply chain disaggregation and changing market dynamics, yet give them total control over the whole development cycle as well as full ownership of the development results without having to get involved in dealing with foundries, test houses or process services.

About Accent
Accent Srl is one of Europe's leading and largest electronics design factory networks providing a complete range of services from concept and architecture through to design, implementation and prototyping. Accent also manages access to major foundry partners including the supply of small and medium volume silicon to COT customers. Accent operates on a worldwide basis serving start-ups and medium-sized fabless and chipless companies as well as large corporations through offices and representatives in France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the UK and the USA. Accent's design centres draw on the skills of over 120 electronic engineers whose specialist expertise spans multiprocessor SoC, VDSM and AMS design and matches the complexity, geometry and power challenges of today's semiconductor designs. Accent's extensive investment in design methodologies, EDA tools and foundry relationships ensures customer success and includes over 250 right first time ASIC tape-outs, 20 full SoC designs and over 180 designs in silicon production covering a broad range of applications from telecommunications to multimedia, automotive, medical, home automation and industrial control. Accent's Highway to SiliconTM program provides a real, one-stop-shop for companies looking for a reliable, world-class path to IC design and manufacturing. Founded in 1993, Accent is an independent company jointly owned by STMicroelectronics and Cadence Design Systems. For more information visit

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