Chip design maker Intel Corp. has secretly acquired silicon valley semiconductor startup called Soft Machines Inc about $300 million (cash-cum-stock deal ) to maintain its leadership position.
The news was first reported by technology website The Register. The team of Soft Machines have become part of Intel from Thursday.
This new deal is on the heals of Intel shedding as part of a spinout their security unit into a new company that will be owned in-part by private equity firm TPG. Intel will retain a 49 percent ownership stake of the entity with TPG taking the majority stake. In exchange, Intel will be receiving $3.1 billion in cash.
Soft Machines is a semiconductor company co-developing VISC architecture-based processor and SoC products for all major performance computing platforms and has raised close to $175 million in funding to date. It’s Corporate headquarters are in Santa Clara, California, U.S., with operations in India and Russia. Soft Machines investors include Samsung Ventures, AMD, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, RVC, KACST, RUSNANO, TAQNIA and others.
The startup got fame by its VISC processor architecture – that’s Variable Instruction Set Computing. VISC processors contain a bunch of physical cores that are presented to software as virtual cores. Two or more physical cores can be joined together to act as a single virtual CPU.
We contacted Representatives of Intel & Soft Machines but both were not available for comment.