Monthly Archives: April 2019

Tamba Networks’ IP Selected for Innovium’s TERALYNX 12.8 Tbps Data-Center Optimized Switch

The low latency leader for semiconductor IP, announced today that Innovium, a leading provider of networking solutions for data centers, selected Tamba Networks’ IP for its TERALYNX 12.8 Terabits/sec Ethernet switch, which is in production and has been selected by multiple leading OEMs, ODMs and hyperscalers.

 

“Innovium’s TERALYNX data-center Ethernet switch family delivers 2T to industry-fastest 12.8T bandwidth, while delivering advanced telemetry, low latency, rich tunneling and programmability to enable unmatched visibility while easily adapting to new network protocols and topologies,” said Mohammad Issa, CDO & Founder of Innovium. “Innovium was pleased to work with Tamba and its innovative IP, as we developed our highly innovative TERALYNX switch.”

 

“Tamba is delighted to collaborate with the leading edge Innovium engineering team,” said Soren Pedersen, President. “We are proud to enable new heights for data center switch performance, thereby meeting the explosive bandwidth and scale needs of next generation data centers.”

 

Here are the highlights of Tamba products:

  • Ethernet IP cores at rates from 1Gbps to 400Gbps. Multi-rate/channelized or single rate cores
  • Interlaken IP Cores 1,000Gbps+, 32 lanes, 112 Gbps/lane
  • Latency, size and power unmatched in the industry for ASIC and FPGA targets

 

Latency has become a key differentiator for financial markets firms attempting to reduce tick to trade latency, and there has been a gradual trend from software based trading to hardware accelerated trading. As such low latency is one of the frequent key criteria for customers choosing Tamba Networks. In the 6 years, since launch of the Ethernet products, Tamba has become the dominant low latency supplier in financial markets. Tamba has now extended its reach into the data center with highly differentiated 400G channelized Ethernet products with best in class latency, size, and power.

 

 

About Tamba Networks

​Based in Silicon Valley the portfolio includes IP solutions consisting of a complete family of silicon-proven soft Ethernet and Interlaken cores. With a robust IP development methodology, extensive investment in quality, IP prototyping, and comprehensive technical support, Tamba enables designers to accelerate time-to-market and reduce integration risk, with performance that is absolutely unmatched in the marketplace. For more information, please visit: http://www.tambanetworks.com

CEO Talk: Richard Visee, SystematIC

This interview was held with Richard Visee, CEO of SystematIC.

 

 

Tell me about SystematIC Design?

 

We design and supply integrated chips (IC) customized to our clients’ need. We have a unique track record of innovations in analog heavy mixed signal IC designs (big A small D). Our focus is on Sensor Interfacing and Power conversion chips. The primary ways we support our customers are IC design and IC product development.

We founded SystematIC Design in 1998 and since then successfully grew to a world-class team of dedicated engineers. We are active in automotive, industrial and consumer electronics market. For many of our customers, Systematic is a trusted extension of their own product development teams.  Needless to say, we have a very high customer retention rate.

 

Tell me a bit about your background?  How did you first get started with your company?  

 

I was an energetic child. I liked to construct things with lego blocks; later in high school I found my passion in PCM (Physics-Chemistry-Maths) subjects from early years. Factoring in all these, I chose to study electronics in my undergrads; eventually ended up in micro-electronics with a masters and a post-graduate circuit design degree. On completion of study, I worked several years with a reputed commercial design firm with a focus on RF circuits.

 

On a personal level, I was always motivated to start or be part of my own business. I come from a family of entrepreneurs. So, in 1998, when an opportunity came to me to start an IC design company with talented young engineers, I happily went ahead. Intentionally discarding the RF we carved out a niche for ourselves in sensor interfaces and power. Certainly, our confidence built over years of design career and awareness of semiconductor world paid off.

 

Did any of the market consolidation (or acquisition) affected your business and how?

 

This indeed is a very exciting time for the entire semiconductor world. In the last 5 years, many of our customers and business acquaintances were part of acquisitions/mergers. It changed their priority and vision on the company level. The world changes but remains analog. Today, we see a lot of new applications of sensing technologies we covered over the years. For example, optical sensing techniques were used in CD players 15 years ago. Although CD players are no longer in demand, similar optical sensing techniques are prevalent in mobile phones for proximity sensing of the user as well as in automotive applications for contactless detection of objects. Our ability to adapt ourselves to new applications works in our advantage. Being a small independent company, we enjoy the liberty of setting short-term and long-term goals as per our understanding.

 

Which market segment seems promising to you?

 

We have been active in Automotive market since the first year of SystematIC, that is 20 years ago. Recently, I see a lot of companies direct their activities towards automotive applications recognizing the potential of the market. We also note these designs become more challenging with the increased importance of functional safety requirements. From design perspective we are aware of what to do and work towards a design flow that is fully compliant with quality and functional safety standards.

With the advent of IoT, we see a lot of relatively simple features are converted to smart, intelligent systems, this generally involves using sensors with digital control; in this we typically design the interface chip that is the gateway to the sensor. So, IoT is a very promising market segment for us.

And last but not least China, because of its ‘Made in china 2025’ plan, emerging as a promising territory.

 

How was the role/offering of SystematIC changed during the recent years?

 

We started as a pure IC design service provider. Over the years as we engaged with more and more small and medium sized OEMs we saw the need for an IC as well as the lack of essential knowledge or resources required to realize a successful IC product- knowhow of packaging, testing, qualification etc. Naturally, to help our customers we started to intermediate with foundries, test and assembly partners. It is then we decided to extend our service to full-chip development. Alongside the design service, today we actively develop and supply dedicated mixed-signal ASICs. These ‘ASIC supply’ business model enables customers to start-off the product development with a reduced initial investment and therefore significantly reduces risks. As a true partner, we gladly share risks as well as profits from a successful ASIC product.

At present, along with many IP functional blocks, we offer three mature IP cores (Magnetic Hall sensor, Proximity and ambiance light sensor, AC LED driver). We have applied years of research effort on these topics. These IP cores can be easily used to quickly develop application specific products for customers.

 

What is a typical customer for SystematIC?

 

Practically any company that intends to develop an analog, mixed-signal chip in CMOS, BiCMOS, BCD, HV-SOI process is potentially a customer for SystematIC. Any company that intends to achieve miniaturization of its electronics, or add features, improve performance of its existing ASIC can benefit from our services.

Technology wise our focus is on sensor and power applications, from battery supplied to integrated high voltage applications. Our customer portfolio consists of automotive manufacturers to medium size OEMs. We support development of ASICs compliant with ISO26262, ISO9001.

 

What are the 3 top things you wish your customers would do different?

 

I believe couple of our old customers still see us as pure design service company, whereas over the years our role evolved to a product development company; we are capable of taking care of the entire IC development flow. They should use it to their advantage.

 

We come across a lot of SMEs who are in real need of integration of their electronics but suffer from the misconception that low volume of products will not yield interesting ROI. Many a times we have proved them wrong. A successful valid business case can be presented even with low ASIC volume.

 

Last but not least, we have to remember the ASIC development cycle is long (from idea to silicon). We try to reduce the time and minimize the risk by offering the IP model. Still one must factor-in time while making an ASIC development plan.

 

What is your #1 advice for people who want to work for SystematIC?

 

SystematIC makes personal growth and development a priority. This manifest itself in several in-house training, language courses and company outings. I believe SystematIC’s growth is due to its excellent company culture. This is a flat and very approachable organization. The vibe feels like start-up. A methodical mind, strong base in electronics and team-player’s mindset will make best fit in SystematIC. We are continuously expanding our team. My advice would be to have look at our careers page (on website) and share with us your interest and resume.

 

 Are you currently hiring? What type of jobs?

 

Yes, we are actively hiring. We are looking for engineers with an analog, mixed-signal, digital circuit design background, preferably with mid-senior profile. They must be willing to join our teams based in Delft or Eindhoven in the Netherlands. To know more about the job openings click https://www.systemat-ic.com/company/careers/ or you may send us your resume to ‘contact@systematic.nl’.

 

Where can one find more information?

 

I welcome you to visit our website. To take a closer look in to our day to day life you may check out our LinkedIn page as well. If you have specific project related queries you may reach us via Anysilicon or can write to us at  contact@systematic.nl. In addition to this, in 2019 there will be multiple opportunities to meet our team on trade fairs and exhibitions. To know the dates, keep an eye on our LinkedIn page.

 

www.systemat-ic.com

www.linkedin.com/company/systematic-design

anysilicon.com/vendors/systematic-design/

 

 What is your preferred lunch discussion topic?

 

In general, during lunch we talk about everything but work. Sports; politics, weather, next vacation- I spend this time to connect with my colleagues. You may call it our daily dose of team building exercise.

 

How do you keep yourself energized outside work?

 

I like to run. Running refreshes my mind, helps me see things in perspective. To my advantage, I live very close to the sea. So, I run in the sand dunes (Silicon as well!) and along the shore. I regularly participate in semi-marathons. I would say, in this case exercising to increase endurance is my main goal.

ON Semiconductor and GLOBALFOUNDRIES Partner to Transfer Ownership of East Fishkill, NY 300mm Facility

PHOENIX & SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr 22, 2019–ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: ON ) (“ON Semiconductor”) and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for ON Semiconductor to acquire a 300mm fab located in East Fishkill, New York. The total consideration for the acquisition is $430 million, of which $100 million has been paid at signing of the definitive agreement, and $330 million will be paid at the end of 2022, after which ON Semiconductor will gain full operational control of the fab, and the site’s employees will transition to ON Semiconductor.

Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.The agreement allows ON Semiconductor to increase its 300mm production at the East Fishkill fab over several years, and allows for GLOBALFOUNDRIES to transition its numerous technologies to the company’s three other at-scale 300mm sites. Under the terms of the agreement, GLOBALFOUNDRIES will manufacture 300mm wafers for ON Semiconductor until the end of 2022. First production of 300mm wafers for ON Semiconductor is expected to start in 2020.The agreement also includes a technology transfer and development agreement and a technology license agreement. This provides a world class, experienced 300mm manufacturing and development team to enable conversion of ON Semiconductor wafer processes from 200mm to 300mm. ON Semiconductor will also have immediate access to advanced CMOS capability including 45nm and 65nm technology nodes. These processes will form the basis for future technology development at ON Semiconductor.

“We are pleased to welcome the GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab10 team to ON Semiconductor’s team. The acquisition of 300 mm East Fishkill fab is another major step in our progress towards leadership in power and analog semiconductors,” said Keith Jackson, president and chief executive officer of ON Semiconductor. “The acquisition adds additional capacity over the next few years to support growth in our power and analog products, enables incremental manufacturing efficiencies, and accelerates progress towards our target financial model. I am very excited about the opportunity this acquisition creates for customers, shareholders, and employees of the two companies and look forward to a successful partnership with GLOBALFOUNDRIES in the coming years.”

“ON Semiconductor is an ideal partner for GLOBALFOUNDRIES and this agreement is a transformative step in our journey to build GLOBALFOUNDRIES into the world’s leading specialty foundry,” said Tom Caulfield, CEO at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. “This partnership enables GLOBALFOUNDRIES to further optimize our assets globally and intensify our investments in the differentiated technologies that fuel our growth while securing a long-term future for the Fab 10 facility and our employees.”“We are excited to support ON Semiconductor’s expansion to the Mid-Hudson Region, which will keep high paying manufacturing jobs in New York State and support the company’s plan for future growth and development,” said Howard Zemsky, president and CEO at Empire State Development.

 

 

About ON Semiconductor

 

ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ON ) is driving energy efficient innovations, empowering customers to reduce global energy use. The Company is a leading supplier of semiconductor-based solutions, offering a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient power management, analog, sensors, logic, timing, connectivity, discrete, SoC and custom devices. The Company’s products help engineers solve their unique design challenges in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, medical, aerospace and defense applications. ON Semiconductor operates a responsive, reliable, world-class supply chain and quality program, a robust compliance and ethics program and a network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and design centers in key markets throughout North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions. For more information, visit http://www.onsemi.com.

 

ON Semiconductor and the ON Semiconductor logo are registered trademarks of Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC. All other brand and product names appearing in this document are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders. Although the Company references its website in this news release, information on the website is not to be incorporated herein.

 

 

About GLOBALFOUNDRIES

 

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a leading specialty foundry delivering truly differentiated semiconductor technologies for a range of high-growth markets. GLOBALFOUNDRIES provides a unique combination of design, development, and fabrication services, with a range of innovative IP and feature-rich offerings including FinFET, FDX™, RF and analog mixed signal. With a manufacturing footprint spanning three continents, GF has the flexibility and agility to meet the dynamic needs of clients across the globe. GLOBALFOUNDRIES is owned by Mubadala Investment Company. For more information, visit www.globalfoundries.com.

Faraday Unveils RISC-V ASIC Solution to Support Edge AI and IoT SoCs

Faraday Technology Corporation (TWSE: 3035), a leading ASIC design service and IP provider, today revealed that its RISC-V based ASIC platform solution has been successful in the design and mass production of next-generation edge AI and IoT system-on-chips (SoCs). This solution encompasses full system-level design services, such as RISC-V core IP integration, SoC design verification, as well as a full-featured reference design kit consisting of real-time operating system (RTOS) and peripherals drivers. Faraday has enabled mass production of RISC-V based AI SoCs on UMC’s 55ULP process, empowering particular battery-powered performances of the chips for IoT edge devices.

 

With more than 25 years’ experience in providing end-to-end ASIC design services, Faraday has accumulated robust CPU hardening and IP customization skills to support various ultra-low-power scenarios, including dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS), power mode switching, and fast system wake-up. Faraday also specializes in SoC software services, allowing RISC-V RTOS, software libraries, and drivers to work seamlessly with the SoC hardware to perform specific interfacing, sensing and power management functions.

 

“Faraday’s mass production proven RISC-V based ASIC solution is tailored for customers who want to have robust SoC design capabilities to create SoC differentiation in the burgeoning RISC-V market,” said Flash Lin, Chief Operating Officer of Faraday. “We have seen many RISC-V ASIC design opportunities, especially in a variety of edge AI, IoT/AIoT, and networking applications. We look forward to implementing more next-generation innovations to benefit our customers and the market.”

 

About Faraday Technology Corporation

Faraday Technology Corporation (TWSE: 3035) is a leading ASIC design service and IP provider, certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 26262. The broad silicon IP portfolio includes I/O, Cell Library, Memory Compiler, ARM-compliant CPUs, DDR2/3/4, low-power DDR1/2/3, MIPI, V-by-One, USB 2.0/3.1 Gen 1, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, Serial ATA, PCI Express, and programmable SerDes, etc. Headquartered in Taiwan, Faraday has service and support offices around the world, including the U.S., Japan, Europe, and China. For more information, please visit:www.faraday-tech.com or follow Faraday on LinkedIn.

 

 

Press Contact
Evan Ke
886.3.5787888 ext. 88689
evan@faraday-tech.com

 

 

Attopsemi’s I-fuse OTP Passed 3 lots of HTS and HTOL Qualification for 1,000hr on GLOBALFOUNDRIES 22FDX FD-SOI Technology

Attopsemi, an OTP IP provider, announced today that the company’s 256Kb OTP (One-Time Programmable) IP, manufactured on GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF®) 22FDX® technology, passed 3 lots of 150°C HTS and and 125°C HTOL for 1,000 hours following the JEDEC standards. Not only all 120Mb in 3 lots of HTS/HTOL passed functionally, the cell currents did not show any variations after stresses. The defect rate is less than 0.01ppm. This is a phenomenon as most other OTPs show severely parameters shifted and tailing bits after HTS/HTOL stresses. The X/Y plots of cell current in post-stress versus pre-stress are shown in the followings:

 

“Other than high reliability, I-fuse™ can be programmed at 1.0V with only 1.0mA of program current, said Shine Chung, Chairman of Attopsemi, “Because of no need for charge pumps, our I-fuse™ OTP size can be only 1/4 to 1/5 of the competing OTP technologies.” “Moreover, I-fuse™ can work at wide temperature range of from -55oC to 150oC without needing any redundancies, ECC, or twin cells.” Our I-fuse™ also offers high data security and full testability unseen in any other OTPs.” This IP also passed 250oC HTS wafer-level burn-in in a previous press release.

 

“We sincerely appreciate all the support from GF in developing our proprietary I-fuse™ OTP technology on 22FDX,” said Shine Chung, Chairman of Attopsemi. “After many years of dedicated works and collaboration with foundries and customers worldwide, our I-fuse™ technology has finally been demonstrated as OTP of choice. We have proven that I-fuse™ can ensure high reliability with smaller size by using a fraction of program current. With our superior OTP IP, we expect to bring substantial benefits to all semiconductor communities.”

 

About Attopsemi Technology

Founded in 2010, Attopsemi Technology is dedicated to developing and licensing fuse-based One-Time Programmable (OTP) IP to all CMOS process technologies from 0.7um to 7nm and beyond with various silicided polysilicon and HKMG technologies. Attopsemi provides the best possible OTP solutions for all merits in small size, high quality, high reliability, low power, high speed, wide temperature and high data security. Attopsemi’s proprietary I-fuse™ OTP technologies have been proven in numerous CMOS technologies and in several silicon foundries. http://www.attopsemi.com/

CEO Talk: George Dimitropoulos of ADVEOS

This interview was held with George Dimitropoulos, CEO of ADVEOS.

 

 

Tell me about ADVEOS

 

ADVEOS was founded in 2015, and is a privately-held fabless company, providing ASIC design services and developing RF and analog IP cores. Adveos supports a growing international customer base, designing various technology products and infrastructure that can be found in everyday life, for example in consumer electronics, communications networks, medical equipment, etc.

 

Within ADVEOS, we have managed to develop a well-balanced mix of an agile run small company with the scale and execution of a global corporation. Within the first 3 years of our existence, we have grown to a team of 35 people, we have established a Tier 1 worldwide customer base and managed to demonstrate several silicon proven chips using our designs. We’ve grown into a well-established and prestigious ASIC design house in Europe.

 

At the same time, we’ve had 100% employee retention. We are regularly told by our customers that they enjoy the right balance between performance and high level of support they are receiving. So, they continue the co-operation not just for the performance of the circuits, but also for the quality of the support and experience working with our engineers.

 

When did you start ADVEOS? What were you doing before that?

 

The five of us – Savvas, Thanasis, Gerasimos (Jerry), Yiannis and myself – started Adveos in 2015.  We are all coming from various assignments and roles within the semiconductor industry, ranging from small start-ups to global multinational corporations, bringing significant experience in RF, Analog, Digital and Commercial domain. Although we had overlapping periods in various companies in 2’s or 3’s, we never worked in parallel as a team of 5 in the same company, prior to ADVEOS. The timing was right when we all felt the urge to become entrepreneurs and build our own company. We started Adveos with no external funding and within a very harsh financial environment – remember that Greece was under capital controls at the time – but have never looked back since. We still have complete ownership of the company and we are enjoying every moment of it.

 

What problem did you see that needed to be fixed? What is your approach to solving that?

 

It was rather unusual at the time – and probably still is – to identify independent groups with high caliber ASIC designers outside the large multinationals. Most of ASIC design teams were part of these organizations and were not open for business to the outside world. Medium or smaller size companies had very limited access to ASIC design services, since they couldn’t afford to maintain their own ASIC design teams. In several occasions, even the large multinational companies request ASIC design services from external partners, mainly due to internal restructuring, additional resourcing, acceleration of time to market for certain projects or even for cost purposes.

 

Our approach was to setup a team capable of addressing the demand for custom ASIC solutions, focusing on a value for money proposition for those who would like to miniaturize their electronics without the significant overhead of an internal investment for an ASIC design group.

 

How was the role/offering of ADVEOS changed during the recent years?

 

We are becoming more focused in the area of design services we are offering. Moreover, we have now the capability to develop our own RF / Analog IP cores based on a better market understanding and following closely our customers’ requirements.

 

What is a typical customer for ADVEOS?

 

Practically, any company interested in developing a CMOS/BiCMOS chip is potentially a customer for ADVEOS.

 

At the present time, our customer’s portfolio ranges from Tier 1 multinational corporations offering hardware solutions in the areas of computer micro-processing or high-speed networking equipment to smaller or medium sized OEMs operating in the fields of telecommunication or medical equipment.

 

Customers are focused on time-to-market, first-time-right, price, etc. Do you see a change in customer behaviour in recent years? Where is the focus today and why?

 

It is hard to identify the priority that any customer requires for a given project. Indeed, priorities change from customer to customer, sometimes they may even dynamically change in the course of a project, especially if we are talking about developments with longer timelines. However, if I had to identify the main focus for a typical ADVEOS customer, I would probably say it is time-to-market followed by specification compliance.

 

Are you currently hiring? What type of jobs?

 

We are always in constant need for Engineers with an RF, Analog, Mixed-Signal and Digital circuit design background willing to work and live in Athens, Greece. A city with a rich history, powerful culture and a great lifestyle.

 

What is your #1 advice for people who want to work for Adveos?

 

I would advise anyone (obviously, with the right skills) who would like to join us, to do so with an enthusiasm to strive and with a very strong team-player mentality. These are both very important virtues that we value as a Company and these are the very virtues that shall take him/her very far in his/her professional career.

 

Where can one find more information?

 

You may check our website www.adveos.com or our LinkedIn company page https://www.linkedin.com/company/adveos-microelectronic-systems/ . For job applications, please send your CV at careers@adveos.com

 

What is the best moment in your day?

 

I really love the fact that so many things happen in ADVEOS that every day can be different on its own and bring special moments. Having said that, the days I am at the office, I thoroughly enjoy the first morning coffee of the day with Jerry and Yiannis in the coffee shop round the corner: a really nice way of planning your business day ahead, and combining it with pleasant conversations from yesterday’s politics and sports news.

 

How do you spend your time outside working hours?

 

During the weekends, I try to spend as much time with my family, which I don’t really have the chance to do during the weekdays. In addition, I try to keep myself active (running, cycling, swimming), while reading a good book or watching a great movie are equally important. Last but not least, traveling is also very high on my agenda, when time is not an issue.