Thalia Design Automation in Wales has completed its 20th project moving analogue IP to 22nm technology.
The Cwmbran-based company uses its AMALIA platform to port existing analogue IP such as low drop out regulators, low noise amplifiers and phase locked loops to a new process technology. This can be much more challenging than a digital port. Thalia has an agreement with the Catena group in The Netherlands, a subsidiary of NXP that owns its own IP and serves third parties and NXP on an equal footing.
The AMALIA IP reuse platform is based on research from the University of Bristol and allows Thalia to reduce the number of iterations required to reuse an IP in a new technology or node. The data generated by the platform informs how similar or dissimilar the base and target technologies are, allowing Thalia to plan and drive the IP reuse process more efficiently. The result is that the process delivers solutions 30-50 faster than conventional approaches without tying up the time of valuable analogue design engineers.
The 22nm node is popular for analogue and mixed-signal applications mainly for audio and power management analog IPs. Migrating to 22nm delivers significantly lower leakage and boosts performance.
"This milestone is a testament to our unique approach to IP migration," said Sowmyan Rajagopalan, Thalia Design Automation CTO. "Many companies can offer design expertise in migrating analogue IPs, but our unique combination of experienced designers, targeted automation through the AMALIA platform, and advanced methodologies means migrations can be successfully completed in less time, saving our customers time and money. BY reducing the cost to reuse IPs, the barrier that impacts the decision to move IPs from one technology / node to another is reduced. With an efficient IP reuse solution, more companies would be able to address the full spectrum of market opportunities; that's what Thalia delivers."