Thalia provides automation tools for RF, analog and mixed-signal technology transfer and circuit optimization, derivative generation and IP creation.
Catena Group (Delft, The Netherlands) has operated for 30 years designing analog circuits for chip companies, with particular strengths in RF and signal processing implementations. Catena's connectivity RF portfolio includes IP blocks such as Bluetooth Smart radio, Bluetooth Smart Ready radio, most Wi-Fi variants including MIMO, and combined Bluetooth/WiFi offerings.
Catena was acquired by NXP Semiconductors NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) in 2012 but continues to operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary that owns its own intellectual property and serves third parties and NXP on an equal footing.
"We're taking a new approach, which represents a fundamental shift in the way analog IP is created and delivered," said Kave Kianush, CTO of Catena, in a statement issued by Thalia. "Our relationship with Thalia helps us to deliver exactly the right feature and performance combination for our customers, against ever more demanding time-to-market and cost requirements. Thalia’s combination of novel design automation technology and analog design expertise is unique in the market: we’ve already seen a positive impact on our ability to deliver against tight customer deadlines."
Rodger Sykes, Thalia executive chairman, said in the same statement: "We are offering a truly disruptive technology, in a sector of the global electronics industry that is gaining increasing importance. Alongside Catena, we’re creating change that is truly revolutionary."
Catena combines RF design with advanced technology nodes and recently announced the porting of its connectivity RF portfolio to the Globalfoundries 28nm SLP manufacturing process.
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