Development agency Scottish Enterprise today said that it had introduced the Virtual Component Exchange (VCX) to specialise in the exchange of semiconductor intellectual property.
The project is under the auspices of the Scottish body's Alba Centre hi-tech project. It aims to encourage companies and universities with bases in Scotland to train up chip designers to create system-on-a-chip devices, said a representative.
Partners in the venture include ARM, Cadence, ISS, Mentor Graphics, Motorola, Phoenix, Siemens, TSMC from Taiwan and Toshiba.
The representative said that VCX was "to find a way of trading intellectual property securely and efficiently". That will shorten design cycles.p> The representative said that the omission of other well known chip companies, including Natsemi and Intel, was not deliberate and it hoped to pull other players into the project.
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