eSilicon Launches Second-Generation Online ASIC Design and Manufacturing Platform

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- May 19, 2015 -- eSilicon Corporation, a leading independent semiconductor design and manufacturing solutions provider, today announced the availability of its second-generation online ASIC design and manufacturing platform. Named eSilicon STAR (self-service, transparent, accurate, real-time), the platform supports eSilicon's existing IP browsing, instant quoting and work-in-process tracking capabilities along with a new chip optimization offering that leverages design virtualization technology. The platform also delivers an enhanced user interface with simplified account setup and access. Tool names have also been unified under the STAR platform as follows:

  • Navigator: Search, select and try eSilicon IP online
  • Optimizer: Versatile self-service IC design optimization for power, performance and area
  • Explorer: Evaluate options and get fast, accurate quotes for MPW and GDSII handoffs
  • Tracker: Real-time design progress and IC delivery tracking, including order history, forecasts and yield data

The newly introduced STAR Optimizer provides ASIC designers with an easy way to access eSilicon's block- and chip-level optimization services. Users can download free software that will analyze their design's register transfer language (RTL) description to check for robustness. If the design passes these tests, users can then request a design optimization service engagement online. eSilicon's design optimization service uses unique design virtualization technology to find the optimal design implementation from a power, performance or area perspective. The service is built on a "pay for results" philosophy -- the customer pays for the service only if a pre-determined optimization result is achieved.

"We have been using our design virtualization technology to optimize the PPA of customer designs for years," said Prasad Subramaniam, Ph.D., vice president of design technology at eSilicon. "We've achieved some significant results in literally minutes with this technology. We are now making this powerful capability available to all design teams worldwide through the STAR Optimizer interface."

Optimizer is based on design virtualization technology, which rapidly explores all possible ASIC implementation scenarios to identify the best fit for a particular set of PPA and cost requirements. Design choices such as cell libraries, memory architectures, process options, operating conditions and Vt mix are enumerated instantly, without the need to perform time-consuming what-if implementation trials. Design virtualization uses big data analytics and machine learning to rapidly deliver the business and technical insights needed to build an optimized design. To learn more, please download eSilicon's design virtualization whitepaper.

"Our market research told us that the semiconductor community was ready for online technology and big data analytics," said Mike Gianfagna, eSilicon's vice president of marketing. "With over 500 users who have generated over 1,000 custom quotes in 47 countries, we have validation that our research was correct. The new eSilicon STAR platform takes the user experience to the next level, both from an ease-of-use and capability point of view."

The eSilicon STAR platform is available now. Users can register for an account through eSilicon's online registration interface. There is no cost or obligation to use any of the STAR tools. More information about the eSilicon STAR platform may be found on eSilicon's web site.

About eSilicon
eSilicon guides customers through a fast, accurate, transparent, low-risk ASIC journey, from concept to volume production. Explore your options online with eSilicon STAR tools, engage with eSilicon experts, and take advantage of eSilicon semiconductor design, custom IP and IC manufacturing solutions through a flexible engagement model. eSilicon serves a wide variety of markets including the communications, computer, consumer, industrial products and medical segments. Get the data, decision-making power and technology you need for first-time-right results.

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