Xilinx acquires Triscend

Xilinx has signed an agreement to acquire Triscend, a developer of customisable embedded microcontrollers and Configurable System-on-Chip (CSoC) devices.

San Jose, CA-based Xilinx has signed an agreement to acquire Triscend, a developer of customisable embedded microcontrollers and Configurable System-on-Chip (CSoC) devices after UK-based ARM’s proposed acquisition of the company collapsed late last month.

The majority of Triscend’s 40 employees, currently located at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA will become Xilinx employees.

Although financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed, Xilinx acknowledged that the deal represented less than one percent of its total assets as of the end of its fiscal third quarter which ended on January 3, 2004.

Triscend’s E5 family of 8-bit single-chip Customisable Microcontrollers allows design engineers to create hardware prototypes from a 8051 architecture in just a few hours, while its A7 product family of CSoC devices, based on an optimised ARM7TDMI-based device, targets industrial controls, biometrics, and telematics applications.