AI angle on analog helps startup raise $5 million

AI angle on analog helps startup raise $5 million

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By Peter Clarke

Agile Analog claims it can replace many traditionally manual analog design techniques with artificial intelligence processes to speed up the productivity and raise the abstraction of analog IP design.

The business is the brainchild of chief technology officer Michael Hulse and the company is led by Tim Ramsdale, a former vice president of engineering and general manager of the imaging and vision business at ARM, who is CEO. Peter Hutton, a former executive vice president at ARM, is chairman.

Agile Analog was founded in 2017 and said it will use the money to expand the existing engineering team in Cambridge and deliver analog IP products to customers.

Many companies exist to design analog circuits and deliver them as analog IP. However, these are traditionally narrowly focused and make use of skilled engineers to design at low levels of abstraction and is often a bottleneck in the design process.

The startup states that its design platform can give customers exactly the component they want on the semiconductor process they want enabling superior designs potentially in terms of power, performance, area and cost. It may even be able to impact integrated circuit architecture, the company claimed.

“Agile Analog technology enables a move away from simple analog designs compensated by complex digital designs to a more balanced mix of technologies, bringing more reliable, lower power designs to market quicker.”

“This investment will enable us to deliver to our customers faster and make possible a paradigm shift in the $2 billion analog IP market,” said Ramsdale, in a statement.

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