News Release from: Future Horizons
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 28 June 2006

Chipless and fabless design houses prosper

Despite a number of acquisitions in this sector, the number of independent chipless, fabless and IC design houses in Europe continues to rise according to Future Horizons.

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Despite a number of acquisitions in this sector the number of independent chipless, fabless and IC design houses in Europe continues to rise according to Future Horizons. The number of fabless startups is up almost 13% over 2005. The UK again stands out as having three times as many companies as other European regions with the exception of Israel, which is also included in the report.

Future Horizons, Europe's leading semiconductor analyst, today published the 2006 edition of its European Chipless and Fabless Design House Report.

The report, which covers independent IC design companies in Western Europe and Israel, illustrates the size of company activity by showing each profile in a 'page per company' format.

It also shows tables of companies alphabetically, and also by country, by 'business model' that is by fabless, chipless or contract design.

This useful reference work also shows analysis in terms of company IC design skills and IP sorted into categories, including analogue, RF, CPU, automotive, encryption, sensor interface radio baseband, and verification etc, thus assisting likely customers to home in on the skills of a likely partner, customer or competitor.

'The UK position is no surprise and Israel has always been a source of new company generation, but Germany and France, despite their size, lag behind the leading two by some margin'.

'The smaller Switzerland has seen the largest percentage new design company growth in recent times', said Chris Ryan, semiconductor industry Analyst, Future Horizons.

'The European chipless and fabless design house report, 2006 Edition', can be purchased from Future Horizons at GBP 2600.

Details of individual company address, profile, and skills data is also available in Excel spreadsheet format for an additional GBP 400 per company for anyone purchasing a copy of the report.

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