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S3 Group Launches 10 new Silicon Proven IP Cores

S3 Group, a global independent Mixed-Signal IP supplier and provider of Analog, Mixed-Signal, RF, Power Management and professional System-on-Chip (SoC) services to OEMs, system vendors and semiconductor companies, today announced the immediate availability of a number of new Mixed-Signal IP cores which have been developed and silicon proven during 2012. Each of these new cores is now in volume production with customers worldwide and includes the following blocks:

S3ADIQ125M10BSM65LPA       10-bit 125 Msps Pipeline ADC       SMIC 65nm LL    
S3AD54M12BT40G 12-bit 54 Msps Pipeline ADC TSMC 40nm G
S3DCC51XGF18 DC/DC Converter GF 180nm
S3AD71M10BT55G 10-bit 71Msps ADC TSMC 55nm G
S3AD54MD12BT65D 12-bit 54Msps ADC TSMC 65nm LP
S3DA300M12BCH65LPEA 12-bit 300Msps DAC GF 65nm LPe
S3REG25016T65L 250mA Voltage Regulator LDO TSMC 65nm LP
S3PLLFRACT65 Fractional PLL TSMC 65nm LP
S3ADIQ19M14BC18 14-bit 19Msps Pipeline ADC TSMC 180nm
S3RFMXWT18 RF Mixer TSMC 180nm

The cores are being used in applications such as DVB-C2/S2 Demodulators, System Power Management Unit ICs, wireless and wireline communications, LTE and Satellite Transceivers. The majority of the IP blocks delivered by S3 Group typically leverage its existing extensive IP portfolio and customize these for specific customer requirements. S3 Group’s customization capability is based on proven design methodologies, strong adherence to design process and highly professional project management. These capabilities enable the company to efficiently and repeatedly deliver right-first-time analog, RF and Mixed-Signal components in silicon.

“We have a healthy obsession with delivering value and quality to our customers and gaining and maintaining their trust is of paramount importance to us. While 2012 was another excellent year for S3 Group, our world-class engineering team is committed to continuing the expansion of a high quality IP portfolio which can be easily integrated into SoCs and is ready for production,” commented Dermot Barry, VP Silicon BU, S3 Group. “Some of the world’s largest fabless semiconductor companies, as well as many ambitious start-ups trust S3 Group with the delivery of key Mixed-Signal IP cores and our ambition is to maintain our position as a leading independent supplier, while others exit the market. We look forward to announcing further innovations and successes over the coming quarters.”


About S3 Group:

S3 Group delivers IP and professional services to OEMs, system vendors and semiconductor companies. The company is the longest serving independent service provider in the industry, building a wealth of experience and engineering expertise over the last 25 years. In addition to design services the company has a comprehensive portfolio of RF and Mixed-Signal IP. The IP portfolio includes high performance ADC and DAC converters, PLLs, Analog Front Ends (AFEs), Power Management, RF Transceivers and other miscellaneous circuits which have been silicon proven at a number of silicon foundries (TSMC, GlobalFoundries, UMC, SMIC, IBM, Tower) at nodes ranging from 180nm to 40nm and below. Global end markets served by S3 Group clients include Wireless and Wireline Communications, Digital Broadcasting, Imaging, Solar, Green Energy and Industrial. Founded in 1986, S3 Group, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, focuses on three business areas: Semiconductor, TV Technology and Telehealth, and has development centers in Ireland, Poland, the Czech Republic and Portugal with sales offices and representatives worldwide. For further information please visit and

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