Proving your IoT Application with Working Silicon

IoT Jul 7, 2016 10:43:17 AM

Jul 7, 2016 10:43:17 AM


Many prospective IoT/M2M start-ups, and companies producing components for customer products, would benefit from a custom ASIC (application specific integrated circuit) to generate venture capital or lead customer interest by proving their application with working silicon.The path from design to silicon is long and complex, involving many steps and many choices within each step. If you haven't had to navigate the path from design to silicon before, then you may want to consider getting help to fully understand the semiconductor supply chain.

Creating your M2M/IoT IC



From design to delivery of your internet of things ic, there are many processes and decisions along the way. Each decision you make will impact on the cost and reliability of your design. 

It's all in the Detail.....

Internet of Things devices are typically mixed signal ASICs consisting of wireless connectivity, power management and sensor interface circuits. A make or buy decision is required for each circuit, along with selection of an appropriate semiconductor process technology, foundry and package to meet the device cost, electrical and environmental requirements.

Advanced design, verification and physical implementation methodologies are required to ensure that analogue and RF circuits work reliably alongside digital circuits, minimising interference noise. Low power operation is often critical. Low power design and verification techniques are highly specialised, with considerable opportunity for differentiation if executed well, and are used to ensure that the device can operate in all power modes whilst ensuring the device successfully transitions between power states and is fully operational only when required.

Expert cooperation between designers, IP providers and manufacturing partners is essential  in ensuring that devices can be successfully designed, manufactured, evaluated and tested either in prototype quantities, using cost effect multi-project wafers (MPW’s) or in volume production.



Creating a custom ASIC in recent years has become very expensive, an option only available to a few companies. With the growth in the IoT sector, this is set to change, and so solutions are being created to make this process as affordable as possible to new market entrants. Companies that form the semiconductor supply chain are looking to create a new path from design to silicon that can see the realisation of these new application ideas into working silicon.

So, get advice!  

  • Short run affordable silicon options to prove your application
  • Expert advice on each element of the design through to silicon process, including security
  • Selection of foundry, node and suitable IP
  • Design execution focused on achieving your SoC target cost, PPA and time to market, that incorporates affordable EDA tools and flow


Sondrel works with many industry partners to help provide the best possible and most affordable way to get your IoT/M2M chip to market. 



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