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Three chipmakers are pooling their brainpower to develop and market digital signal processor (DSP) technologies for consumer and communications products through a newly formed company, StarCore.

The heavyweights behind the Texas-based company are Motorola Inc., Infineon Technologies Inc. and Agere Systems Inc. StarCore combines resources from Agere and Motorola's StarCore Joint Design Center and Infineon's CARMEL DSP core design and licensing business. The goal of the new company is to develop and license scalable DSP cores. "The central goal of the new StarCore is to proliferate world-class DSP core technologies through open licensing," StarCore Chief Executive Thomas Lantzsch.

The DSP market is expected to post a compound annual growth rate of 27 percent through 2006, especially as communications technologies require higher bandwidth to process more signals, according to Forward Concepts, a DSP market research firm.

Each of the chipmakers will license StarCore cores for new chip designs. Although financial terms were not disclosed, all three chipmakers are equal partners in the venture.

Subject to regulatory approvals, StarCore is expected to open for business late this summer.

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