S3 Group

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For the mathematical group S3, see dihedral group of order 6.
Silicon & Software Systems Ltd.
S3 Group
Industry Computer hardware, software
Founded 1986
Headquarters Dublin, Ireland
Key people
John O'Brien, CEO
Products systems, embedded software and silicon design
Number of employees
Website www.s3group.com

S3 Group is a technology company that provides software, and professional services to operators, OEM's, semiconductors and healthcare providers.

Founded in 1986 as Silicon & Software Systems (S3), S3 Group has a history in systems, embedded software and silicon design for consumer, wireless, WiMAX and related applications. The company has over 200 employees serving clients who include: Fujitsu, Motorola,[1] NXP Semiconductors, Philips, Cisco, Texas Instruments, DirecTV, OpenTV[2] amongst others.


S3 Group is involved in areas such as

S3 Group participates in trade associations and standard-setting bodies including the DVB, FSA, IEEE, MDTV Alliance, OMA, VSIA and others.

S3 Group head office is in Dublin, Ireland with design centers in Dublin and Cork, Ireland, Wrocław in Poland, Prague in the Czech Republic and Lisbon in Portugal. S3 Group has a sales office in San Jose in Silicon Valley. In December 2005 there was a management buy-out (MBO) and the company was re-structured under new ownership by the management team, ACT Venture Capital who invested $13 million of venture capital and Philips Electronics, who were the former owners, maintained a small shareholding in the company. S3 Group has over 200 employees.

Product & Services[edit]

Semiconductor Solutions[edit]

S3 Group has comprehensive SoC design capability supporting semiconductor and system clients to deliver complex IC products. S3 Group has over 35 designs delivered at 90 nm and 65 nm to date. S3 Group focuses on complex, power efficient Mixed Signal SoCs, using IP methodologies and design and verification techniques. S3 Group provides critical mass and flexible teams for large SoC design projects.

Connected Health[edit]

S3 Group provides Design and Consultancy services focused on the specific elements in the end-to-end architecture, design, development and production of e-Health systems.

TV Technology[edit]

S3 Group provides services, products and IP to the Digital TV industry. S3 Group has over 14 years experience working with global operators, Set-Top Box (STB) manufacturers, middleware vendors, conditional access vendors and semiconductor companies. S3 Group is specializing in System Integration Services, Consultancy Services, Equipment Upgrade and Maintenance and Product IP


Their direct consumers include DirecTV, Samsung, Motorola, BSkyB, TiVo, Iridium, NXP Semiconductors, Philips, Cisco, Texas Instruments, Fujitsu, and Phonak.[3]

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ Article on Motorola partnership http://www.motorola.com/mediacenter/news/detailpf.jsp?globalObjectId=2086_1685_23
  2. ^ Interactive TV Today Article http://www.itvt.com/wvwuaitvtissue6.96pt2.html#technology.13 and http://www.allbusiness.com/technology/software-services-applications-network-software/8390605-1.html
  3. ^ Dr Herbert BächlerChief Technology Officer Phonak Hearing Systems – http://www.s3group.com/about-us/client-testimonials/