Silicon IP Provider Allegro DVT Acquires Amphion Semiconductor to Create a New Leader in the Video Codec IP Space

Grenoble, France and Belfast, Northern Ireland – 16th October 2019

Allegro DVT, the leading provider of video codec compliance test suites and semiconductor video IPs, today announced the acquisition of Amphion Semiconductor, the Belfast-based developer of video codec semiconductor IP solutions. The resulting company will operate under the Allegro DVT brand from its existing offices in Grenoble, France and Belfast, Northern Ireland. The acquisition brings together two best-in-class IP providers, combining the capabilities of Allegro DVT’s advanced video codec IPs, together with Amphion’s silicon proven video decoder IPs. It positions Allegro DVT as the first semiconductor IP company to offer commercially available hardware-based, real-time encoder and decoder solutions for the new AV1 video encoding format for SoC implementations, supporting 4K/UHD up to 8K.

Speaking from Grenoble, Nouar Hamze, CEO of Allegro DVT said “We are delighted to announce the acquisition of the Amphion IP and team which will clearly position Allegro DVT as the world’s leading video codec IP provider. More than ever before, the development of efficient hardware-based video solutions requires more investment and skilled resources as a result of the increasing complexity of new and emerging video encoding formats. The complementary product offerings of both companies immediately puts us in prime position to be able to provide a complete portfolio to our customers for their video encoding, decoding and transcoding applications.”

In Belfast, Stephen Farson, CEO of Amphion Semiconductor commented “We are very excited to be joining forces with the Allegro DVT team. We each bring very complementary skillsets and IP to the new combined company and look forward to working together to develop the next generations of video codec solutions. I would like to acknowledge the achievements of the Amphion team over the last few years. What we have managed to develop is remarkable and today’s announcement gives us the scale and resources to move to the next level. Through working together in servicing our shared customers, the Allegro DVT and Amphion teams have already shown not only a similarity in our approaches to video codec design, but an ability to work closely together as separate companies. The combined company will allow us to accelerate and enhance our product development and further elevate the excellence in the solutions we deliver to our customers.”

Amphion Semiconductor introduces 4K/UHD capable AV1 video decoder hardware IP extension to its Malone video decoder family

9 May 2019

Amphion has announced the scheduled availability of a hardware based AV1 decoding extension to its Malone family of high performance video decoders for SoC implementation. AV1 is the video coding format released by AoM (Alliance for Open Media) and has been shown to be capable of delivering up to 30% better compression rates when compared to current state of the art formats such as HEVC (also known as H.265) and VP9.
To support next generation applications, a decoder is typically required to be capable of decoding a range of different video formats to support state of the art and legacy content. Therefore, rather than developing a standalone AV1 decoder, Amphion is adding AV1 decode capability to its existing multi-format video decode solution. In its standard configuration this adds AV1 4Kp60 (UHD) decode capability to the other 13 formats already supported in the core including VP9, HEVC/H.265 and AVC/H.264 along with all previous legacy formats. The architecture is also scalable to configurations which support even higher resolutions, such as 8K, or higher frame rates, such as 120/240fps.
Amphion’s CEO, Stephen Farson, commented that “Amphion’s experience in the development of compact, efficient hardware based multi-format decoders is allowing us to add AV1 decode capability to consumer grade SoCs with the least expense to the size of the implementation. This helps to control silicon cost and makes it easier for designers to hit cost points without having to limit decoding features.”
With industry experts estimating that AV1 decoding is an order of magnitude more complex that previous formats such as HEVC and VP9, SoC developers for consumer applications will look to hardware based decoders such as those provided by Amphion as the only feasible solution to meet the required performance, silicon area and power constraints for such applications.

Amphion Semiconductor to exhibit at ICCAD 2018 in Zhuhai, China

21 November 2018

On Thursday and Friday, the 29th and 30th November 2018, Amphion Semiconductor will be joining its representative in China, Avant Technology, on their booth at ICCAD 2018. The event takes place in the Zhuhai International Convention and Exhibition Center.

Amphion Semiconductor to exhibit and present at Avant's Design Forum in Shenzhen, China

21 November 2018

On Wednesday the 28th of November 2018, Amphion will be exhibiting and presenting at Avant’s Design Forum in SHenzhen, China. Join us to hear our presentation entitled ‘Video Codecs in an AI World’. The event takes place in the Kempinski Hotel, Shenzhen from 09:30 until 16:00.

Amphion Semiconductor to exhibit and present at IP-SOC Shanghai 2018

22 August 2018

On Thursday the 13th of September 2018, Amphion will be exhibiting at IP-SOC Shanghai 2018 in the Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Pudong, Shanghai, China. Please join us to see the latest developments and to hear Doug Ridge talk about ‘Video Codecs in an AI World’.

Amphion Semiconductor has made its video codec IP available through the Embedded IP Community

9 May 2018

Amphion has joined with Japan’s EIPC to offer it’s leading video codec IP through the well established portal. This will make it easier for customers in Japan to search and select Amphion’s multi-format video encoder and decoder cores.

Amphion Semiconductor to exhibit and present at IP-SOC 2018 in Santa Clara

7 March 2018

On the 5th April 2018 Amphion will be exhibiting and presenting at IP SoC 2018 in the Hyatt Hotel in Santa Clara, CA, USA. Please join us to hear Doug Ridge talk about the ‘Efficient Design of Multi-Format Video Decoders’ and discuss your video codec requirements.

Amphion Semiconductor to exhibit at 55th DAC in San Francisco

26 January 2018

Amphion Semiconductor will be exhibiting at the 55th Design Automation Conference in San Francisco from the 25th to the 27th June 2018. We will be showcasing the latest developments in our video codec portfolio. Stop by booth #2354 to find out more.

Amphion Semiconductor releases enhanced 'Malone' video decoder IP for SoC implementation

18 January 2018

Amphion Semiconductor, a leading video codec silicon IP provider, today announced the release of the latest version of its highly successful, ‘Malone’ video decoder IP core optimized for SoC implementation. Architectural optimizations have enabled Amphion’s video SoC experts to realize further reductions in the size of the core area while maintaining the performance necessary to support the latest resolution and frame rate demands. In addition to supporting all legacy formats, the CS8141 version of the Malone video decoder supports the very popular HEVC and VP9 formats in a single core. VP9 is supported for Profile 0 and Profile 2 at Level 5.1, giving up to 12-bit color depth and covering resolutions and frame rates up to 4Kp60. Furthermore, for applications that require it, the core can be configured for frame rates of up to 120fps and image resolutions of up to 8K.

The Malone family of advanced video decode cores have been licensed by a number of the world’s leading semiconductor and SoC companies. Due to the modular nature of the Malone architecture, customers can select which formats they need to support and at what resolution and frame rate and Amphion will configure a highly optimized solution which is minimal in both silicon area and power consumption for their application.

Amphion to exhibit at China's ICCAD event in Beijing

30 October 2017

Along with our distribution partner Avant Technology, Amphion Semiconductor will be exhibiting at China’s ICCAD event in Beijing on 16th & 17th November 2017. For more information on the event please click here.

Amphion to exhibit at Avant SoC Forum

16 October 2017

Amphion Semiconductor will be presenting and exhibiting at Avant Technology’s SOC Design Forum in Beijing, China on 15 November 2017. The presentation will give insights into the design of highly efficient, low power, small area, video codecs.

Amphion Semiconductor to exhibit at REUSE2017

4 October 2017

Amphion will be exhibiting at REUSE2017, the 2nd Annual Semiconductor IP Tradeshow taking place in the Santa Clara Convention Center in California on December 14, 2017.

Amphion Semiconductor joins MIDAS Ireland

14 June 2017

Amphion has joined MIDAS Ireland and will contribute to the development of the electronics industry in Ireland by working closely with its fellow electronics companies.

Doug Ridge of Amphion Semiconductor is interviewed about the company at REUSE2016

09 June 2017

Click here to see the full interview.

Amphion will exhibit at the 54th Design Automation Conference 19-21 June 2017

04 May 2017

Amphion Semiconductor will be exhibiting at the 54th DAC in the Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas from 19-21 June 2017. Join us on Booth #1912 to hear about our latest IP developments and discuss your projects.

Amphion appoints Avant Technology as its distributor for the China and Taiwan markets

31 March 2017

Amphion Semiconductor today announced the appointment of Avant Technology as the distributor of its video codec silicon IP for the China and Taiwan marketplaces. Avant will also represent Amphion in Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore… more.

Amphion releases 2 extended performance variants of its highly successful HEVC/H.265 'Malone' video decoder IP core

6 Mar 2017

Amphion Semiconductor today announced the immediate availability of 2 extended performance variants of its highly successful HEVC/H.265 ‘Malone’ video decoder core for SoC implementation. The 4Kp120 (CS8150) and 8Kp60 variants target higher frame rates and higher resolutions respectively and meet the needs of next generation applications in the digital TV and set top box markets in addition to the emerging VR/AR market.


Amphion to attend NI Tech Mission

5 Jan 2017

Amphion will be participating in the NI Tech Mission to California from 17-25 Jan 2017. The purpose of the Tech Mission is to network with leading companies, investors and venture capitalists.

Amphion joins The Core Store

7 Dec 2016

Amphion is pleased to announce that it has become a member of The Core Store in order to market its video codec silicon IP cores to it’s worldwide customer base. The Core Store can be reached at


Amphion exhibits at REUSE2016 in Mountainview on Dec 1

18 Nov 2016

Amphion is pleased to be exhibiting at REUSE2016, being hosted in the heart of Silicon Valley at the world-famous Computer History Museum. The event brings together the semiconductor IP supply chain and its customers for a full day of everything to do with semiconductor IP where we will be showcasing our silicon-proven video codec solutions. For more information and to register, please go to We look forward to seeing you there.


Amphion exhibits at DAC 2016 in Austin, from June 6th-8th

Visit Amphion on the IP Pavilion, booth 1138, to view the hardware based demo of the company’s HEVC/H.265 and multi-format decoder, Malone using streams provided by NGCodec. See press release for full details.


Partnership with Spinnaker Systems in Japan

23rd Nov 2015

Amphion is pleased to announce that Spinnaker Systems Inc are representing the company in Japan. See the contact page for details of how to contact Spinnaker.


New office!

24th Jul 2015

We are pleased to announce that we are now located at a new office in the Beechill Business Park in Belfast. See the contact page for the address and location information.


Amphion re-established as a silicon IP licensing company

12th June 2015

Amphion is pleased to announce that it has been re-established as a silicon IP licensing company, after the current team purchased all of the Amphion IP from their previous parent company via an MBO arrangement. The team plans to license this silicon proven IP to SoC and FPGA customers.