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Facebook Buys Interconnect IP Vendor Sonics

Mar. 13, 2019 – 

By Junko Yoshida, EETimes
March 13, 2019

PARIS — Facebook has acquired Sonics, a privately-held Silicon Valley IP provider that specializes in on-chip network (NoC) and power-management technologies. The deal is another sign that big system companies like Apple and platform vendors such as Google and Facebook are designing in earnest their own SoCs for captive use.

Neither Facebook nor Sonics has publicly announced the deal. But all indications are pointing toward this marriage.

As opaque as it sounds, Sonics' company website now simply displays a one-page note — which reads like a farewell letter — entitled “Our Next Chapter." There, Sonics says, “Today, we're excited to announce that we are moving on as a team. As part of this opportunity, we will be winding down our business.”

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