Geneva, SWITZERLAND — STMicroelectronics announced an agreement to acquire Portland Group Inc (PGI), a vendor of compilers and software development tools to the high-performance parallel computing market. ST will invest $17.1 million to acquire full ownership of PGI’s operations, including the product portfolio, know-how and technologies developed by the company. Based in Portland, Oregon, PGI is a privately held company that has been operating for 10 years and has world-class expertise in advanced computing architectures and bringing parallel compiler technologies into production on the world’s fastest parallel supercomputers.
Compilers and software development tools are the primary interface between a software developer and a computing system; the compiler translates an application written in a high-level programming language into a binary code that a computing system can execute.
The acquisition is the latest stage in the evolution of a close working relationship between ST and PGI. The two companies have been working together for the past two years to develop compiler technology for ST’s leading-edge ST100 embedded Digital Signal Processor (DSP) core family. Combining ST’s advanced ST100 core designs with PGI’s unique compiler expertise provides the best possible performance for the target applications in mobile phones, wideband network access, data storage, automotive and multimedia. ST100 cores are being used in conjunction with embedded memories, peripheral functions and other ST or customer Intellectual Property (IP) to build complete system-on-chip (SoC) solutions. In addition, PGI know-how will strengthen ST capability to build state-of-the-art SoC DSP platforms evolving towards multiprocessor and parallel processing architectures.
“This acquisition is a key component of ST’s strategy to deliver market-leading DSP-based system-on-chip solutions for various key applications, including wireless terminals, broadband modems, magnetic and optical disk drives and emerging car multimedia solutions,” said Aldo Romano, Corporate Vice-President and General Manager of ST’s Telecommunications & Peripheral/Automotive Groups. “Compiler expertise is becoming more important in these markets, so combining PGI’s compiler and advanced architecture know-how together with ST’s semiconductor technology will enable us to deliver the industry’s most efficient DSP-powered system-on-chip platforms.”
“The acquisition by ST is a testament to the world-class team of people PGI has assembled over the years,” said Vince Schuster, CEO of PGI. “PGI’s business model is complementary with ST’s existing DSP activities. PGI has always focused on being the leader in its chosen markets and the integration of PGI within ST will allow our combined teams to continue developing world-class compiler products.”
STMicroelectronics’ innovative ST100 Digital Signal Processor core family with its superscalar and multiple MAC architecture has been conceived specifically to be used in SoC designs for applications such as mobile phone terminals and disk drives, where advanced functions now being added require more processing power. Fully functional silicon based on the ST120 core – the first member of the ST100 family – has already been delivered to systems companies for prototyping. Recent design wins for the ST100 include: a new chip that will decode next-generation traffic information services for CUE Corp; and multiple solutions at Alcatel for Digital Subscriber Line and Voice-over-IP communications chips.
STMicroelectronics (formerly SGS-THOMSON Microelectronics) is a global independent semiconductor company whose shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, the Paris Bourse and on the Milan Stock Exchange. The Company designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs) and discrete devices used in a wide variety of microelectronic applications, including telecommunications systems, computer systems, consumer products, automotive products and industrial automation and control systems. In 1999, the Company’s net revenues were $5,056 million and net earnings were $547 million. ST’s net revenues for the first nine months of 2000 were $5,621.5 million and net income amounted to $990.2 million. Further information on ST can be found at http://www.st.com/ .