Mixed Signal/Analog

Taking on the analogue IP reuse challenge

27th October 2017
Alice Matthews


The completion of a $865,000 (£640,000) funding round has been announced by Thalia Design Automation that will allow it to drive market uptake of its methodology solutions for analogue IP (intellectual property) re-use, design migration and derivative creation.

With renewed commitments from the company’s existing investors, Mercia Fund Managers and Finance Wales, this latest funding round is a recognition of significant customer traction achieved by Thalia within the last 18 months, and the strong future potential of its offerings in the analogue design and IP space.

“This new investment is a strong endorsement of our market strategy,” said Rodger Sykes (pictured), Thalia Executive Chairman and Director. “Analogue IP re-use is one of the biggest challenges facing the electronics industry today, and customers tell us that our approach, blending advanced design automation tools and methodology with experienced, expert design resources, really provides them with a competitive edge for reduced cost and time to market.”

Thalia will use this latest round of investment to continue building its customer engagement base and increase its expert team of analogue IC developers. The company provides RF, analogue and mixed-signal technology transfer, derivative and IP creation solutions, based on a combination of design automation technology, methodology and design know-how. Its customers include integrated circuit (IC) manufacturers and IP houses looking to quickly and cost-effectively diversify their product range, and leverage the most appropriate semiconductor manufacturing technologies.

“Our customers report schedule, cost and resource savings of up to 50% - not to mention the ability to re-focus internal teams on new development programmes, where they can add most value,” added Sowmyan Rajagopalan, Thalia Founder, CEO and CTO. “Our message to IP providers is that analogue design doesn’t have to be a black art – there are technologies and design resources out there that can help with re-use and product diversification, every bit as powerful as those available in the digital design space.”

Tim Hazell, Investment Director at Mercia Fund Managers, said: “Thalia has the opportunity to establish a leading position in automating the design of analogue and mixed signal integrated circuits. It’s an exciting growth area, and we are delighted to continue our support of Thalia and its further development.”

Dr Carl Griffiths, Fund Manager with Finance Wales, commented: “Innovative technology ventures like Thalia are among our prime targets for investment. Thalia’s increasing traction in the high value global technology space and robust business model have put them in a strong position – we’re delighted to be able to renew our commitment to the company.”

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