Virage Logic Corporation (NASDAQ:VIRL), the semiconductor industry’s trusted IP partner and pioneer in Silicon Aware IP[tm], and Impinj, Inc., the world’s leading provider of UHF Gen 2 radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions, announced that Virage Logic has acquired Impinj’s logic non-volatile memory (NVM) intellectual property (IP) business for an aggregate purchase price of $5.2 million. The purchase extends Virage Logic’s embedded memory leadership position into the rapidly growing NVM market for standard CMOS processes.
Virage Logic has acquired Impinj’s leading solutions for logic NVM IP and added more than 50 Impinj patents to its already robust IP portfolio. In addition to the acquisition of assets, Virage Logic has hired approximately 30 former Impinj employees who were responsible for the company’s logic NVM IP business. Approximately 90 percent of these employees are involved in research and development, with the balance employed in marketing and sales positions.
“The acquisition of Impinj’s logic NVM IP business represents another element toward attainment of our core vision of establishing Virage Logic as a broad line supplier of highly differentiated physical and application specific IP to the semiconductor industry. As we have in the recent past, we will continue to drive our revenue and earnings growth using both organic and in-organic initiatives. We believe that this broadening of our IP offering will benefit our customer base, particularly our global IDM, foundry and fabless customers,” said Dan McCranie, chief executive officer (CEO) and chairman of Virage Logic. “Our newly expanded logic NVM IP product portfolio, together with our recently introduced 40-nanometer SiWare[tm] memory compilers and logic libraries, and the double data rate (DDR) memory interface IP product portfolio from our acquisition of Ingot Systems last year, underscores our ability to serve as a broad line, single source provider of highly differentiated IP. We have completed our plan of record for this purchase, and as a result, we believe that this transaction will have a neutral to slightly negative impact on our earnings in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2008, and should contribute approximately $0.03 to $0.06 per share to our earnings in fiscal 2009.”
“Virage Logic offers an exceptional environment for our talented team to continue to advance the development of an industry leading product line and to broaden its distribution through a worldwide sales and support channel,” said William Colleran, president and CEO of Impinj. “Moving forward as a pure-play RFID provider, Impinj will rely on Virage Logic as our provider for the logic NVM IP technology we require for our extensive RFID product offering.”
“Impinj’s strong logic NVM IP product portfolio provides the perfect complement to our existing NVM product offering. Impinj’s IP products include the popular AEON® family of embeddable cores, which provide rewriteable NVM technology in logic CMOS manufacturing. Virage Logic has enjoyed strong acceptance in the defense and security markets with its NOVeA® embedded NVM product line, while Impinj has seen a strong complementary demand in high-volume consumer markets with their multi-time programmable, few-time programmable, and high-voltage NVM products,” said Brani Buric, vice president of product marketing and strategic foundry relationships for Virage Logic. “The combined product line establishes the industry’s broadest logic NVM IP product portfolio ranging from 250- to 65-nanometer solutions, servicing markets ranging from high volume consumer and industrial to automotive and security conscious applications including military. We are committed to supporting both product lines and delivering on stated product roadmaps so that customers can continue to proceed with confidence with Virage Logic as their trusted IP partner.”
Pagemill Partners served as the financial advisor to Impinj.
About Impinj, Inc.
Impinj, Inc. is the world’s leading technical innovator in developing UHF Gen 2 RFID solutions for both item-level and supply-chain tagging. Impinj draws on its technical expertise and industry partnerships to deliver a wide range of products and solutions comprising high-performance tag chips, readers, software, antennas, and systems integration. Impinj products provide unprecedented performance, integration and cost effectiveness to a global customer base in applications across numerous vertical markets, including inventory management, asset tracking, authentication and serialization.
About Virage Logic
Founded in 1996, Virage Logic Corporation rapidly established itself as a technology and market leader in providing advanced embedded memory intellectual property (IP) for the design of complex integrated circuits. The company’s Silicon Aware IP[tm] offering (embedded memories, logic libraries and I/Os) includes silicon behavior knowledge for increased predictability and manufacturability. With the acquisition of Impinj Incorporated’s logic non-volatile memory (NVM) IP business in June 2008, the company extended its embedded memory leadership position into the rapidly growing NVM market and through its acquisition of Ingot Systems in 2007, the company expanded its product offering to include Application Specific IP (ASIP) solutions such as Double Data Rate (DDR) Memory Controllers and design services. The highly differentiated product portfolio provides higher performance, lower power, higher density and optimal yield to foundries, integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) and fabless customers. The company uses its FirstPass-Silicon[tm] Characterization Lab for certain products to help ensure high quality, reliable IP across a wide range of foundries and process technologies.