eSilicon and S3 Group Partner to Deliver a One Stop Shop Specification-to-Chip Offering

SUNNYVALE California, USA and Dublin, Ireland – June 10th, 2010 – eSilicon Corporation, the largest independent semiconductor Value Chain Producer (VCP), and S3 Group, a leader in System-on-Chip (SoC) design services and mixed-signal semiconductor intellectual property (IP), today announced an agreement whereby eSilicon will provide chip manufacturing and productization services, and S3 Group will provide design services to semiconductor organizations worldwide. The arrangement provides customers with a one stop shop complete specification-to-chip offering.

S3 Group has been providing advanced design services and complex IP to semiconductor customers worldwide including some of the largest fabless semiconductor, IDM and OEM companies. An increasing number of its customers are now seeking Product Cost Reduction services, which offer a turnkey solution including manufacturing and productization services.  eSilicon, with its track record as the leading independent VCP, can fulfill the customer’s demand by delivering packaged, tested chips at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than the customers can achieve otherwise.  The collaboration of both parties means that customers can now get an integrated solution in one place.

“S3 Group has an excellent reputation for RF, analog and digital design services and related RF, analog and mixed-signal IP development,” said Kalar Rajendiran, Senior Director of Marketing at eSilicon. “Through its accelerated design services and IP, combined with our first-time-right silicon track record and proven production capabilities, customers can achieve a shorter time to revenue and grow their market share.”

“Our semiconductor customers not only require comprehensive solutions including design, manufacturing and productization services but they also want the convenience of being able to address their needs through one partner or organization.  eSilicon provides a highly sophisticated production infrastructure, engineering excellence and a solid base of supply chain partners. S3 Group complements this with proven design services and complex IP and over 20 years expertise in the industry. Together, we can provide customers with a proven, integrated specification-to-chip offering.” said James Blair, Director of IC Services at S3 Group.

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About Value Chain Producer
A Value Chain Producer (VCP) is a company that collaborates with foundries, IP and service providers, EDA suppliers, package, assembly and test operations in designing and producing chips for fabless IC, IDM and OEM companies. VCPs optimize the economics of customer value chains and enable customers to focus on their product differentiation and market growth.  A VCP earns revenue by shipping packaged, tested products with the customers’ logo.  The term was created by eSilicon and was adopted by the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) as a new category in October 2009.
About eSilicon
eSilicon, the largest independent semiconductor Value Chain Producer (VCP), provides a comprehensive suite of design, productization and manufacturing services, enabling a flexible, low-cost, lower-risk path to volume chip production. The company delivers application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to system original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and fabless semiconductor companies who serve a wide variety of markets including the consumer, computer, communications and industrial segments. eSilicon – Enabling Your Silicon Success™. For more information, please visit www.esilicon.com.
About S3 Group
S3 Group is the Connected Consumer Technology CompanyTM, providing products, solutions and professional services to the Semiconductor, Digital TV and Telehealth industries. For IC designers and product managers, S3 Group delivers a turnkey specification-to-packaged-parts service; leveraging our RF, analog and digital design building blocks and utilizing our comprehensive portfolio of mixed-signal IP to deliver power-efficient single-chip systems. Through our focus on RF & wireless solutions, product cost reduction and low power design we deliver cost effective highly integrated solutions to our broad customer base. S3 Group’s mixed-signal IP includes a wide portfolio of high performance A/D and D/A converters, PLLs, Analog Front Ends (AFEs) and other miscellaneous circuits which have been silicon proven at a number of merchant foundries (TSMC, UMC, Chartered, IBM, Tower, SMIC).
Founded in 1986, S3 Group has design centers in Ireland (Dublin and Cork), Lisbon in Portugal, Wroclaw in Poland, Prague in the Czech Republic and San Jose in the USA, with sales offices and representatives globally. For further information please visitwww.s3group.com/ic-design Contacts:

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