1. Foundry Process

Analogue and mixed signal design

Initial Brief

Prior to entering into a development, SWINDON would have already analysed the prospective project and provided a full Technical Report along with a fixed price quotation both for the development NRE and the unit price.

Feasibility and architecture definition of the ASIC
Selection of semiconductor process and package
Quality, test and manufacturability aspects
Planning and risk assessment
Development cost and production price

ASIC Definition

The FTK solution is split into various elements that are detailed prior to the start of the project with full visibility of all the project milestones. Regular customer review meetings are held throughout the project in order to illustrate that the project is on time and on specification and to obtain customer sign off at each individual milestone.

Translation of the customer system requirement specification into a full ASIC specification is a critical part of the project as both parties need to be sure that the ASIC to be developed is exactly what is required in the full system architecture in performance, size and cost. This is always the first phase of any development to ensure that first silicon meets requirements.

ASIC Development

SWINDON’s team of ASIC designers, utilising our own IP library from production proven former designs and supplemented by the digital block IP libraries of its foundry partners, form the base for a predictable development plan.

In all ASICs, where market leadership is the aim, there will be a requirement for custom circuits in order to provide that competitive edge. SWINDON has a depth of engineering talent that ensures that all aspects of the design can be met in-house. This ensures that the customer will still meet the critical time-to-market but also benefit from a unique solution and product.
The ASIC development phase includes:

  • Mixed signal ASIC design (analogue and digital)
  • Corner simulations and verifications
  • Custom layout
  • Synthesis of all digital sections
  • Top level integration, layout and verification
  • Design documentation
  • Final wafer probe and ATE production test programmes
  • Qualification plan
  • Design Tape Out procedure

Unrivalled Custom IC Design

Placing our engineering experience and expertise at the heart of your design, working with you in partnership to create a cost effective, leading edge product.

First steps
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