Pace Soft Silicon ships first VoIP systems

By : |March 30, 2001 0

Nanda N Kasabe

PUNE: Pace Soft Silicon has released its first VoIP based systems in
conjunction with Parthus Technologies, Dublin, one of the world’ leading
mobile platform vendors.

Pace Soft Silicon managing director Neil Salvi called this the first step in
the company’s strategy of building software-based IP components for SOC
(System On-a-Chip) implementations in the consumer and communications segments.

"Over the next year, we will be working closely with our development
partners and their OEM customers to understand what consumers want and to
deliver wireless voice and video systems accordingly," he told the CNS.
Salve was in Pune to oversee the company’s operations.

Pace Soft Silicon was founded in April 2000 to develop software silicon
intellectual property for wireless multimedia applications. The company is
focused on solutions targeted for applications such as Voice over IP, video,
cryptographic systems and Bluetooth. The company has optimized its software for
the TI, ARM and Motorola platforms. The company finds a mention among the top 33
quality emerging technology companies in Ireland at the SummIT2001.

Pace has also optimized their software to run on emergent type of silicon
architecture. Cradle Technologies, a US start-up, has developed its Universal
Microsystem (UMS) chip based on this architecture.

This new architecture is based on generic silicon with most of the
functionality implemented through custom written software. The emergence of this
new silicon architecture is expected to alter the way in which value can be
added to semiconductor solutions. These software solutions will be offered to
companies as an alternative to using custom built Application Specific
Integrated Circuits (ASICs). The silicon will become more of a commodity while
the real value of the solution will be added through custom written software.
Companies that get an early lead in creating value added IP around this software
will stand to benefit significantly as the market for this type of software
grows.

Elaborating on the new product, Salvi revealed that the company had already
developed the first generation software for coding/decoding VoIP and had
licensed it to Parthus Technologies for use in its MediaStream platform.
"We are currently developing a H.263 video decoder which will initially be
targeted at TI’s and Motorola’s wireless platforms," Apte said.  

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