ShortLink taps Dolphin Design for IoT ASICs

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By Nick Flaherty

ShortLink in Sweden is working with IP supplier Dolphin Design on a comprehensive platform for the design of sub-GHz wireless ASICs in the Internet of Things (IoT).

Chips operating at 868MHz and 450MHz provide long range, low power connectivity for the Internet of Things. ShortLink is a small team of designers with key skills in radio and antenna technologies.

Working as part of Dolphin Design’s GoASIC! Programme, ShortLink aims to design custom chips using either on RISC-V or ARM cores with a suitable mixed signal Sub-GHz transceiver IP together with a complete power management system.

The design platform also encompasses high-performance clocking, various ADC solutions, multiple cores, DSP/neural network acceleration, and more features that speed up the safe design of custom ASICs.

The semiconductor shortage has prompted many companies to consider a custom ASIC to increase control over their supply chain, says ShortLink.  

Suitable building blocks are selected based on the system requirements and any application-specific gaps are implemented as new silicon IP or custom functionality. Projects can be handled as turn-key projects from specification to series production by leveraging extensive supply chain partnerships.

“We are proud to have Shortlink as one of the first partners to enter the GoASIC! Program,” said Philippe Berger, CEO of Dolphin Design which is part of Soitec.

“The GoASIC! programme grants system makers access to a network of semiconductor experts that can help them build integrated circuits customized for their needs in terms of features, performance, and security. Through this program, we minimize their time-to-market while streamlining and securing the supply chain,” he said.

“The high level of integration that we can support both reduces the product form factor and improves the BoM cost structure.”

“This partnership will allow more companies to embrace ASIC technology. It is important that such ASIC technology becomes more accessible, especially considering today’s global uncertainties. By lowering entry barriers to ASICs we allow more companies to take control of their supply chain and technology stack. It will also enable us to reach new customers and partnerships,” said August Pansell, chairman of the board at ShortLink.

“We believe that the GoASIC! Sub-GHz program is perfect for many applications related to the Internet of Things. We see a great demand when it comes to smart grids, power metering, industry 4.0, and agricultural applications. We have also seen projects for connecting renewable energy sources which is a fantastic application”.


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