Analog acquires Scottish compiler specialist

Analog acquires Scottish compiler specialist
Richard Ball Analog Devices has bought Edinburgh Portable Compilers (EPC), the Scottish firm that specialises in developing compilers for parallel processors. EPC has supplied compilers for digital signal processors (DSPs) to Analog Devices for some time, but the acquisition will bring the firms closer. “We’ll have much closer links with the hardware development group in the US,” pointed out Derek Leadbetter, managing director of EPC. The firm is already working on compilers for future Analog Devices’ DSPs. “We’ll be continuing with our work, operating as a wholly owned subsidiary,” said Leadbetter. The acquisition by Analog Devices mirrors moves made by its main DSP competitor, Texas Instruments. TI acquired Tartan for its compilers and GO-DSP for analysis software. Like TI, Analog Devices believes that future DSP designs will use more high level languages such as C. Alongside compilers for DSP chips, EPC has been designing compilers for Intel’s Merced and Motorola’s PowerPC devices. “We’re fully committed to Merced and PowerPC,” said Leadbetter. The company will maintain its work on mainstream processor compilers, but will not develop software for any other DSP architectures A staff count of 45 is expected to grow, said Leadbetter, but only modestly. The complexity of the software makes it slow to train new staff, he said. “Our work is very specialist and very niche.” Analog Devices has also bought a US firm called White Mountain DSP which develops emulators, development boards and debugging software.


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