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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.

Sondrel Articles

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8th February 2021
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.

25th January 2021
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.

2nd November 2020
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.

26th October 2020
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.

1st October 2020
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.

28th August 2020
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.”

29th July 2020
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.

News & Analysis
6th March 2020
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.

20th June 2014
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. 

Events News
17th June 2014
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. 

Events News
6th May 2014
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.

Events News
11th March 2014
Sondrel to participate in two Mentor Graphics events

System-to-silicon IC design consultancy Sondrel will be participating in two Mentor Graphics events, one in the USA and the other in Israel. Sondrel has a strong partnership with Mentor Graphics, as with other leading EDA tools vendors, and its IC design engineers have successfully completed over 200 complex designs in advanced process geometries down to 14nm. 

19th December 2013
Sondrel doubles workforce and moves to new HQ

Following a succesful 2013, IC design consultany, Sondrel, has announced a move to a new corporate headquarters. Doubling their workforce to almost 150 over the past 12 months, Sondrel now has the largest team of IC design engineers and consultants in Europe, with expertise covering all aspects of the design flow and EDA software suites.

Events News
3rd October 2013
Sondrel shares system-to-silicon IC design expertise at U2U

Sondrel is presenting two papers at Mentor Graphics’ User2User Conference on October 17 in Munich. Sondrel’s close partnerships with customers, tools vendors, IP suppliers and foundries has resulted in over 200 completed designs, including highly-complex digital, mixed signal, analogue, low power and wireless ICs in process geometries down to 20nm. Two of Sondrel’s highly experienced IC designers will be sharing their experience...

26th June 2013
Sondrel completes 3rd successful 28nm tape out this year

Sondrel has just completed its third 28nm design this year - for a leading communications company – and is closing on two more at this node. Although Sondrel has worked on over 200 IC designs at all nodes down to 20nm, and chip sizes over 700mm², the fact that the company has so many successful tape-outs at 28nm convinces CEO Graham Curren that 28nm will be the preferred geometry for complex chips for some time to come.

13th September 2010
Sondrel brings its IC design services to China

Sondrel, the global design services and consultancy for the semiconductor industry, today demonstrated commitment to the Chinese semiconductor market by expanding its business in Shanghai, China. The office opening was attended by Mark Prisk, the UK Minister for Business and Enterprise.

22nd January 2010
Sondrel presented with Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Sondrel, the leading European physical implementation IC design house, was today presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category by the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, Mary Bayliss.

28th April 2009
Sondrel wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Sondrel, the European physical implementation IC design house, has today been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. The award is the result of the company’s success – due in part to the flexible design methodology it has developed for managing costs and durations of projects, and a software environment that allows switching between third party tools for optimum results whilst incorporating debug and mana...

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