Our History


  • CISC Semiconductor and our CEO Markus Pistauer is one of only 18 selected companies who are invited to the successful technology initiative “GoSiliconValley” initiated by foreign economics Austria, in California, USA. There we had the chance to accelerate their business on the US market.
  • Move to our new office in Graz – now we are located close to the city center
  • New Funding Project: Powerbase


  • Company anniversary: 15 years CISC Semiconductor GmbH
  • Winner of “Exportpreis” (Export Award) – awarded by Wirtschaftskammer Kärnten (Chamber of Commerce Carinthia)
  • Market introduction of CISC RFID Xplorer
  • New Funding Projects: eRAMP and OpenES


  • New Funding Projects: FreeMOBY and eRAMP


  • CISC CTO Josef Preishuber-Pfluegl elected as chaiman of Austrian Standards Institute committee
  • In November 2012 CISC receives the Innovation and Research Award for its product RFID Xplorer
  • Foundation of CISC Semiconductor Corp. – our 100% subsidiary for our customers in US
  • With May 1st 2012 starting a new 3years joint R&D project AVTR simulating new driving concepts for full electrical vehicles
  • Exhibitions of CISC products on DAC2012 conference in San Francisco, CA and EuroID in Berlin, Germany
  • Launch of our new product RFID Xplorer


  • As of December 8th 2011, CISC’s name was changed to CISC Semiconductor GmbH, eliminating the phrase “Design+Consulting” to better fit the current field of business
  • CISC Semiconductor was awarded the ENIAC JU Innovation Award 2011 for the E3Car project at the European Nanoelectronics Forum in Dublin
  • In cooperation with the RFID-Anwenderzentrum München, CISC Semiconductor started a survey on issues around UHF RFID system installations to address and solve the requirements for RFID system installations in the future
  • CISC contributes to the European ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking project “Internet of Energy for Electric Mobility” (IoE), working on ways of accessing the Energy Smart Grid
  • Josef Preishuber-Pflügl, CISC Semiconductor’s CTO and RFID+RFComm Business Unit Manager, receives the IEC 1906 Award 2011 by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
  • CISC’s RFID Tag Emulator is used for a demonstration of feasibility tests for new European UHF RFID regulations at the CEPT workshop organized by The European Communications Office (ECO)
  • CISC releases a major update for its measurement platform CISC RFID MeETS (Measurement and Evaluation Test System) – featuring improvements for both, the HF and UHF version


  • CISC Semiconductor joins the RFID AZM (RFID User Center Munich) of the Technische Universität München as industry partner
  • CISC’s RFID Product MeETS, the leading RFID performance measurement product, has been improved to achieve measurement sensitivity of UHF RFID tag performance measurements beyond – 100 dBm
  • SyAD®’s 3rd generation – SyAD® 2010 was announced at the DAC (Design Automation Conference) in Anaheim (CA), US
  • Start of new R&D project POLLUX (Process Oriented Electronic Control Units for Electric Vehicles Developed on a multi-system real-time embedded platform) under the umbrella of ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking


  • Results derived from research project TEODACS on FlexRay based automotive bus systems push CISC to 1st row in simulation of dependable automotive communication systems.
  • Starting new R&D project e3car for development of hybrid and electrical vehicles with total volume of 44 Mio. EUR


  • Winner of “Austrian State Award Consulting 2008 ” by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor of the Republic of Austria
  • CISC has been accepted by the steering board of the Association AENEAS as active member. AENEAS is the private partner of the ENIAC Joint Undertaking.
  • Research project “TEODACS ” started on the Virtual Vehicle Competence Center
  • Winner of ‘Austrian Export Award 2008 ‘ out of 33.000 competitors by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor of the Republic of Austria
  • CISC joins TheMathworks Connections Program
  • CISC’s RFID Tag Emulator got short listed out of 1600 applications for the Innovation Prize 2008
  • Starting new joint European R&D project “SR2 – Short Range Radio” for next four years until the end of 2011


  • First tools from Business Unit Automotive called Automotive Bus System Lib and Automotive Core Lib are launched
  • SyAD® V2.0 and CISC RFID Tag Emulator are entering the market
  • Winner of the IKT prize for its project ‘ATPO Applied Tag Performance Optimizer’
  • CISC joins Open SystemC initiative
  • Launch of 4th product from Business Unit RFID+RFComm called MeETS
  • CISC is represented with its products on the continents Europe, Asia, America and Africa
  • CISC has been certified as Alliance Partner of National Instrument
  • With January 2007 our new R&D branch office in Graz opened


  • Winner of a special economy prize on high innovative products by the Privatstiftung Kärntner Sparkasse, Austria for the CISC RFID Application and System Design Toolset
  • Launch of first tools from business unit RFID+RFComm called ASD Kit+Library and the RFID Field Recorder.
  • CISC starts providing expert training on European EPC Competence Center


  • Move to the new headquarter at Lakeside Science & Technology Park allowing a closer cooperation with the University of Klagenfurt and its founded industry trusts
  • CISC starts new joint European R&D project ‘ROBIN’ (‘Robust Design for Efficient Use of Nanometer Technologies’) for the next 4 years until the end of 2008
  • Joined European project ‘Witness’ (Wireless Technologies for small area Networks with Embedded Security & Safety) to apply UHF and LF system concepts to system design and evaluation of active LF and UHF systems


  • Launch of product SyAD® (System Architect Designer)
  • CISC becomes member of EPCglobal for participation in RFID standardization work and joins Hardware and Software Action Group
  • Winner of the Innovation & Research Prize Award – Province of Carinthia – for its product SyAD® (System Architect Designer)
  • Distinction into currently three business units Automotive (AT), RFID+RFComm (RF) and Tools+Methodology (TM)
  • First products of the new business unit ‘RFID + RFComm’ get already launched by the end of the 3rd quarter


  • Expanding technology and application focus to radio frequency identification (RFID) and radio frequency (RF) communication
  • CISC joins simulation research group at German Automotive Association (VDA)


  • Focus on simulation of heterogeneous embedded microelectronic systems
  • CISC is expanding its target clients from the semiconductor industry to the automotive and aerospace industry
  • Opening of a R&D center in Graz and closer collaboration with the Institute for Technical Informatics at Graz University of Technology


  • Start product development in the area of a web based application service interface to access standard Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools for circuit simulation within 5th European Framework Program
  • CISC joins international R&D Project TechnoDaT (“Technology Driven Design and Test”)
  • Move to bigger office location in the center of Klagenfurt


  • CISC joins international R&D project ‘High Quality Design in Deep Submicron Technology’ together with largest and three other major European Semiconductor companies
  • Winner out of 100 business plans in a business plan contest called “biz.plan” for its innovative business concept to establish a new enterprise in the area of simulation of microelectronic systems.


  • Foundation of CISC Semiconductor Design+Consulting GmbH by CEO Dr. Markus Pistauer as privately owned and R&D focused enterprise

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