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VCX takes on software

IP trader expands to embedded software. By Philip Ling and Graham Pitcher.

The Virtual Component Exchange (VCX), the semiconductor IP trading gateway based at the Alba Centre, has extended its scope to include software IP. Pace Soft Silicon joined the VCX to make its range of embedded software modules available to third parties.

Andy Travers, ceo of VCX, cites the increasing cost of developing embedded software as the impetus to add software IP to the trade floor. A model license agreement for embedded software is to be added to the services provided by VCX, which now lists more than 200 virtual components. The member's list now includes the three leading pure play foundries, as well as traditional IP vendors, such as Arm and Bops.

Pace Soft Silicon develops software for multimedia mobile communications, across a range of platforms, including dsps from Texas Instruments and Motorola, as well as code developed for Arm processors.

Meanwhile, the Alba Centre building has been officially in a ceremony attended by Scottish first minister Jack McConnell and Wendy Alexander, minister for enterprise, transport and lifelong learning. The building, on the 96acre Alba Campus in Livingston, houses the Alba management, as well as providing incubator facilities for start up companies.

Phil Miller, chairman of Alba Campus, said: "This is a significant development for Scotland – both in economic terms and also in the way that the public and private sectors are working together to create a flagship for the future. We are developing more than just a business park – we are creating a profile for Scotland which will continue to attract the world's best and allow us to take the lead in electronic design."

Robert Crawford, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, added: "Alba is a virtual campus as well as a physical one. It is a hub for ideas to be developed, exchanged and traded across a worldwide network. It daily engages with individuals and organisations from every corner of the globe, not just those which choose physically to locate or even visit here. It is, truly, an international centre of excellence."

Pictured at the opening are, from the left, Robert Crawford, Wendy Alexander, Jack McConnell and Phil Miller.

Graham Pitcher

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