Sonics Announces Patent Non-Assert Agreement with Qualcomm

Milpitas, Calif. – July 1, 2014  Sonics, Inc., the world’s foremost supplier of on-chip network (NoC) technologies and services, today announced that it has entered into a patent non-assert agreement with Qualcomm.

“Sonics is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Patent Non-Assert Agreement with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., effective as of March 24, 2014, regarding U.S. Patents 7,574,629 and 7,769,0271.” said Grant Pierce, CEO of Sonics, Inc. This follows the dismissal by Arteris, Inc. of its claims that Sonics directly and indirectly infringes the patents, which are now owned by Qualcomm.

All remaining claims in the case involving these patents have been dismissed pursuant to a joint motion by Qualcomm and Sonics. Given that Arteris has sold all of its patents to Qualcomm, Sonics believes this provides some additional protection from future claims by Qualcomm and Arteris.

Pierce continued, “As we have said before, Sonics will continue to seek protection for its broad patent portfolio, including patents that were invented and granted in the U.S., as outlined in Sonics’ complaint, Complaint for Patent Infringement (Sonics v. Arteris), of November 1, 2011. We are committed to seeing this time consuming process through to its completion.”

1 The patents are titled as follows: 7,574,629 – Method and device for switching between agents; 7,769,027 – Method and device for managing priority during the transmission of a message.

About Sonics, Inc.

Sonics, Inc. (Milpitas, Calif.) is the trusted leader in on-chip network (NoC) and power-management technologies used by the world’s top semiconductor and electronics product companies, including Broadcom, Marvell, MediaTek, and Microchip. Sonics was the first company to develop and commercialize NoCs, accelerating volume production of complex systems-on-chip (SoC) that contain multiple processor cores. Sonics’ ICE-Grain Power Architecture is the IP industry’s first complete power management solution, which enables SoC designers to exploit “dark silicon” states to save more energy than conventional software-based approaches. Sonics is also a catalyst for ongoing discussions about design methodology change via the Agile IC Methodology LinkedIn group. Sonics holds approximately 150 patent properties supporting customer products that have shipped more than four billion SoCs. For more information, visit sonicsinc.com, and follow us on Twitter (@sonicsinc) and LinkedIn.