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AMN forms alliance with VCX IP exchange

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The Australian Microelectronics Network (AMN) has negotiated an agreement for ten Australian companies to gain significant access to VCX Gateway, an international online intellectual property (IP) trading centre.

The agreement, which is in place initially for 12 months, will allow the ten companies to choose from a range of access options to the service at a discounted rate between 35 and 50 percent off the normal cost. The service caters for both IP vendors and buyers, allowing each to uncover new opportunities worldwide, according to AMN executive director Chris Hanlon.

“We’ve negotiated a group purchase arrangement with VCX, where up to ten companies can access the service at a discounted rate between 35 and 50 percent,” Hanlon told Electronics News. “The ten places will be available on a first-come, first-in basis.”

To demonstrate the service, AMN and VCX are running free seminars in Adelaide (March 23), Melbourne (March 24), Sydney (March 25) and Brisbane (March 26). The seminars will explain the types of VCX packages available and the benefits of the service. Registration information is available from http://www.amn.org.au/ under “special events”.

The VCX service is part of a revamped AMN website, which also features a new database detailing the technical capabilities of AMN members. Combined with access to VCX and a new range of best practice guides, Hanlon says the site will become a key online community for the Australian electronics industry.

“The database drills right down to in-depth technical capabilities of all member companies,” Hanlon says. “It is aimed at encouraging companies to establish joint ventures and collaborate on R&D projects, further driving the Australian microelectronics sector.”

AMN will also release several new publications on IP Reuse, Best Practice in Electronics, and Best Practice in Electronics Design. These will be available in mid-March, Hanlon says.

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