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Artisan Components, Inc.

Provided physical IP libraries, including memory generators, standard cell and I/O libraries.


Artisan Components, Inc. was a provider of physical intellectual property components for the design and manufacture of ICs. Its products consisted of embedded memory, standard cell, input/output components, and analog and mixed-signal products. Its embedded memory components included random access memories, read only memories, and register files. The company’s standard cells mapped the logic functions of a design to the physical functions of the design for ICs. Artisan also had various analog components, such as analog timing functions and converter products. Their mixed-signal product offerings included serializer/de-serializers, PCI-Express PHY, and DDRI/DDRII/GDDRIII Interface.

The company was co-founded by Scott T. Becker and Mark R. Templeton in 1991 as VLSI Libraries Incorporated. It changed its name to Artisan Components, Inc. in 1997.

Acquired by Arm in 2004.

  • Founded by: Mark R. Templeton in 1997
  • HQ: Sunnyvale, CA, USA
  • Known for: Physical library, IP, Physical IP, memory
  • Type: Company