Silicon IP provider Allegro DVT acquires Amphion for video codecs

Allegro DVT acquires Amphion Semiconductor
Allegro DVT has acquired Amphion Semiconductor, the Belfast-based developer of video codec semiconductor IP solutions, to expand its video codec offerings. (Allegro DVT)

Allegro DVT, a provider of video codec compliance test suites and semiconductor video IPs, has acquired Amphion Semiconductor, the Belfast-based developer of video codec semiconductor IP solutions. The resulting company will operate under the Allegro DVT brand from its existing offices in Grenoble, France, and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The acquisition combines the capabilities of Allegro DVT's advanced video codec IPs, together with Amphion's silicon proven video decoder IPs. It reportedly positions Allegro DVT as the first semiconductor IP company to offer commercially available hardware-based, real-time encoder and decoder solutions for the new AV1 video encoding format for SoC implementations, supporting 4K/UHD up to 8K.

Nouar Hamze, CEO of Allegro DVT said in a statement, "We are delighted to announce the acquisition of the Amphion IP and team which will clearly position Allegro DVT as the world's leading video codec IP provider. The complementary product offerings of both companies immediately put us in prime position to be able to provide a complete portfolio to our customers for their video encoding, decoding and transcoding applications."

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Stephen Farson, CEO of Amphion Semiconductor added: "We are very excited to be joining forces with the Allegro DVT team. Through working together in servicing our shared customers, the Allegro DVT and Amphion teams have already shown not only a similarity in our approaches to video codec design, but an ability to work closely together as separate companies. The combined company will allow us to accelerate and enhance our product development and further elevate the excellence in the solutions we deliver to our customers."

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