Rambus to acquire Northwest Logic

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Rambus, a silicon IP and chip provider, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Northwest Logic, a specialist supplier of memory, PCIe and MIPI digital controllers.

Northwest Logic’s high-performance, high-quality and silicon-proven digital IP controller cores have been optimised for use in both ASICs and FPGAs and its interface IP solutions consist of a physical interface (PHY) and companion digital controller making it possible to optimise the transfer of data between chips and electronic devices.

Every SoC design that uses a memory or a PCIe or a MIPI PHY will also need to use a controller - so the combination of complementary digital and physical IP portfolios from Northwest Logic and Rambus will create a one-stop-shop for customers.

“With this acquisition, we expand our leading product portfolio for high-performance markets such as data center, networking, artificial intelligence, machine learning and automotive,” explained Hemant Dhulla, vice president and general manager of IP Cores at Rambus. “Northwest Logic’s innovative, best-in-class digital controllers complement Rambus’ high-speed physical IP cores. Together, we will offer one of the most comprehensive high-performance interface IP solutions in the industry, leveraging our core strength in semiconductors, strong go-to-market advantage and global reach.”

Brian Daellenbach, president and CEO, Northwest Logic said of the acquisition: “Northwest Logic’s category-leading digital controllers fit perfectly with Rambus’ leadership portfolio of high-speed PHY solutions. This deal creates a one-stop-shop for SoC designers working on state-of-the-art applications across a broad range of high-performance markets. We look forward to continue serving our existing customers and working with our PHY partners.”

Critical to enabling the high performance of data centre, networking, AI, ML and automotive applications, this acquisition will bring together the physical and digital IP core families from renowned market leaders to offer comprehensive memory and SerDes IP solutions for chip designers.

The transaction is expected to close in the current calendar quarter of 2019.