Sondrel is a fast growing UK headquartered and privately owned IC Design Consultancy. We operate from ISO27001 compliant design centers in 5 locations across Europe and Asia. We are continuously investing in our design capabilities and introducing new areas of consultancy as the semiconductor market itself evolves and changes.
IP platform delivers faster time to market for ADAS ASICs
Bringing a new chip to the automotive market can be daunting due to the high safety standards required - ISO 26262. Sondrel has made this much easier for customers with the launch of its new, quad-channel, IP reference platform that has been architected with ISO26262 applications and the fast integration of customer IP in mind from the start.
Reference IP platform enables ultra-powerful SoCs
The success of so many SoCs rests in their ability to process huge amounts of data or signals efficiently turning raw data into knowledge. The latest addition to Sondrel’s family of reference IP platforms is a semi-custom SoC design to which a customer’s IP is added to create a bespoke solution for high performance data processing.
Sondrel invests heavily in own R&D programme
Sondrel has announced heavy investment in R&D. The company invests a significant part of its annual budget on R&D programmes to create new and better ways to manage the process of chip design.
Sondrel launches reference platforms for faster ASIC design
Sondrel has announced the second in its family of reference designs for ASICs that provide a framework to support a customer’s own IP, which results in a faster time to market and lower risk. The SFA250A is aimed at Functional Safety (FuSa) applications such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and contains an independent FuSa monitor compliant to ISO 26262 ASIL D - ASIC Safety Subsystem (ASS).
Sondrel designs its first Radiation-Hard chip
Sondrel is designing its first radiation-hard (Rad-Hard) chip for a customer which is due to tape out shortly. The satellite modem will be used in communication satellites and therefore has to be able to withstand the challenges of the high levels of ionising radiation found in orbit that can cause glitches.
Sondrel appoints new Regional Sales Director
Sondrel has expanded its European team with Pascal Cintract, as its Regional Sales Director for Central and Southern Europe.
Sondrel appoints Redtree as representative in Israel
Israel is a hot bed of innovation, with many technology companies having offices there, along with a very strong start-up culture. As this means there is a greater demand for ASIC design resources than can be met locally, Sondrel has appointed Redtree Solutions as its local representative for its design services.
Family of reference designs launched to reduce design costs
Sondrel has launched a family of reference designs that could reduce design costs, risk and time by up to 30% compared to starting from scratch. The company has drawn on its experience of designing hundreds of ASICs to create a set of key reference designs that each provide a fast design time for high growth markets.
Sondrel launches recruitment drive to find over a hundred engineers
The sudden need of setting up staff to work from home due to COVID-19 lockdowns presented many challenges for companies around the world. Sondrel, however, had sorted these several years earlier to ensure that all its staff could work flexibly and securely from home. As a result, business is booming and it is now actively seeking over 100 new engineers for its offices around the world.
Sondrel builds on 7nm design work to offer 5nm
As more and more foundries are offering 5nm, Sondrel has announced that it is supporting them with 5nm design work. This builds on it being one of the few design houses to have taped out a number of 7nm designs.
Bumps in BGA packages reduce SoC development lead times
Because Sondrel offers a full turnkey service of ASIC production from design through to shipping silicon, it knows what is happening with services at every stage of the manufacturing and test process. The company has noticed increased lead times for SoC package design and manufacturing, particularly for flip chip BGAs that could impact the overall project timelines.
Sondrel announces tape-out of its largest chip design
Sondrel has announced the tape-out of its largest chip design for a customer. This has taken a team of up to 200 engineers working on it simultaneously at times to design the 500 square millimetre chip that has over 30 billion transistors, 40 million flipflops, and 23 thousand pads for I/O, power and ground.
Turnkey Service provides concept to shipping service for faster time to market
One of the biggest challenges for a company with a new idea for a chip is managing the whole chain from design through manufacturing and testing to shipping silicon. To solve this, Sondrel provides a full turnkey service that manages every stage of the process of taking a chip from concept to final silicon.
The secret of big digital chip design is all in the NoC
Sondrel is known for designing very large digital chips and the secret to lies in its ability to ensure that data flows around the chip between blocks correctly using a Network on Chip (NoC). Without a NoC, a chip could need up to ten times more memory to operate in a similar manner without latency, which would be uneconomical.
Sondrel innovating verification in chip design
An often-overlooked part of chip design is verification, according to Sondrel, as designing the front end of a chip is generally perceived as being the more interesting part. However, as Susan Mack, a Senior Engineering Manager at Sondrel, disagrees: “Verification is a very important part of the chip design process that can take up as much as 70% of the time.”
Electronic designers wanted to become chip architects
Designing a large complex chip is not simply question of connecting together a set of IP blocks according to Sondrel. There is actually considerable creativity required as well.
Will the new UK payroll tax impact the electronics industry?
One of Europe's largest independent IC design consultancy's, Sondrel, believes the electronics industry will be changed significantly by the UK’s new IR35 payroll tax change that comes into effect on 6th April 2020.
Sondrel takes security to new level
Sondrel is employing secure border computing technology from Zentera Systems to ensure IP protection with the minimum of impact on its customers’ IT infrastructure. Zentera's Hybrid Cloud Technologies enable IP to be securely accessed from diverse worldwide locations, ensuring that the best available design resources can be employed to get the project done on time at the best performance.
IC design consultancy to present at conference
Sondrel is to share its expertise at the forthcoming NMI conference "Accelerating Verification - faster, smarter?". Wayne Wu, Sonderl's Business Development Director of its Verification Services, will be giving the presentation at the conference, attended by members of the UK electronic systems, microelectronics and semiconductor industry.
DAC 2014 presentation to focus on 28nm SoC design
Delegates at the 2014 Design Automation Conference (DAC) will be able to share in the IC expertise of Sondrel, due to the company planning to give a presentation on 28nm SoC. The company's representative, Gianvito Lorusso, will ead the presentation and give an insight into his team’s experience with a six billion transistor design for a 28nm SoC.