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Shortlink and LFoundry in RF and mixed-signal IP partnership

9th November 2010
ES Admin
Shortlink AB and Landshut Silicon Foundry GmbH today announced a partnership agreement to provide Shortlink low power RF and mixed-signal custom IP in LFoundry's industry leading LF150 modular 150nm CMOS process technology.
The move will enable LFoundry to provide ASIC developer customers with a proven source of low power RF and mixed-signal IP that can be quickly adapted to meet specific application requirements. The Shortlink IP offering will include SRD transceivers, RF receivers and transmitters, PLL, VCO, ADC, DAC and amplifiers.

The two companies have long collaborated on ASIC design and manufacture, with Shortlink currently making use of the LF150 process for wireless building security and audio communication projects.

Hans-Erik Backram, Shortlink CEO said, Demand for low power wireless connectivity and energy harvesting solutions is accelerating fast, ASIC developers though often want to leave the RF and mixed signal side to a trusted third party in order to focus on their own core competences. Our cooperation with LFoundry provides us with a new channel to market that harnesses an industry leading process capable of delivering the outstanding RF and low power performance that's needed to support cutting edge design.

Michael Lehnert, LFoundry CEO said, The partnership with Shortlink will mean our customers can access an even greater source of unique IP, that helps avoid the cost of prolonged in-house development. There's tremendous synergy between Shortlink's low power RF and mixed signal design skills and the versatility and performance capabilities of our 150nm low power CMOS process. This can only enhance energy sensitive product design and further reduce time to market.

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