eSilicon to buy Silicon Design Solutions

esiliconlogoSunnyvale, Calif. — eSilicon Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all the assets of Silicon Design Solutions (SDS), a privately held supplier of niche semiconductor memory intellectual property (IP) cores. SDS, headquartered in Milpitas, California, has design centers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Da Nang City, Vietnam and Richardson, Texas. eSilicon expects the transaction to close in May 2010.

“As a VCP [value chain producer], eSilicon plays an important role in helping its customers, both fabless semiconductor companies and system OEMs, develop complex, high-volume ASICs and SoCs,” said Rich Wawrzyniak, senior analyst for Semico, in a statement. “The acquisition of SDS is a smart business decision and will provide differentiation for both eSilicon and its customers with unique, proven niche IP and additional design services.”

eSilicon plans to expand its customer base and potential for design wins with the SDS acquisition. eSilicon established an engineering center of excellence in Romania five years ago through an acquisition, which supports its customer-base in Europe and Israel.

“The acquisition of SDS will provide new revenue opportunities for eSilicon, supporting our growth plans, while bringing expanded design and operations engineering support to our customers,” said Jack Harding, chairman, president and CEO of eSilicon, in a statement.