automotive ASIC

Automotive ASIC Design and Supply

EnSilica is your trusted partner focused on delivering high-quality automotive ASIC and IC design and supply services that enable our OEM and Tier 1 customers to deliver reliable, leading-edge ASIC solutions across a wide range of automotive applications.

Our world-class design capabilities including experience in low-power design, sensing and control systems, RF/Radio design and digital security all help to ensure that your next automotive ASIC project will deliver the competitive advantage you are looking for while reducing product development costs, timescales and risk.

Automotive ASICs – Driving the automotive experience

The automotive electronics industry is constantly striving to deliver differentiated products that address the consumer demand for an enhanced driving experience – all while meeting aggressive cost targets and tougher safety and security requirements.

To meet the demand for enhanced product capabilities while also maximising cost-efficiencies and reducing complexity is driving many in the automotive industry to explore the option to develop custom ASIC solutions.

Next Generation Features

  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
  • Safety systems
  • Infotainment
  • Digital instrument
  • Driver awareness

EnSilica selected for automotive Chassis ASIC socket

“EnSilica is one of Europe’s leading companies in the field of custom mixed signal and digital ASIC design and this design win to develop a complex ASIC for a Tier‐1 automotive supplier and our partnership with RoodMicrotec recognises our unique capabilities.”  Ian Lankshear, CEO of EnSilica.  Read more

The benefits of ASIC solutions

Electronics manufacturers are integrating a range of discrete components along, including a CPU, into a chip, to create smaller, more reliable, lower-cost products. Using EnSilica’s end-to-end design and supply service means that the benefits of custom chips are now within easy reach of most companies.

  • Reduced BOM
  • Lower power consumption
  • Smaller size
  • Greater functionality
  • Supply chain protection and simplification
  • IP security
  • Increased reliability

Simplifying the ASIC development process

ic-supplyEnSilica’s engineers live and breathe ASIC development every day and apply their in-depth knowledge to ensure that every project meets its requirements and is delivered on-time, on budget and right first-time. Our wealth of experience allows us to recommend the most cost-effective methods to overcome the challenges in complex ASIC design, including;

  • Increasing design complexity and timescale pressure
  • Advances in silicon process capability
  • Performance, cost, and power optimisation
  • Verification complexity and coverage
  • IP selection and integration
  • New EDA tools and methodologies

End-to-End ASIC capability

When developing new ASIC devices our experienced teams can deliver end-to-end design capability from concept to volume supply.

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Typical custom automotive ASIC applications and example

  • Phase array antenna for satellite communication
  • High accuracy and fast locking multi-standard GNSS
  • Wireless charging and docking
  • USB hub and charging control
  • Cluster controllers and heads-up display
  • eMirrors
  • LED driver
  • Car alarm / security system
  • Ethernet bridges and switches
  • Edge processing of sensor data
  • CAN and Lin physical layers and controller/MCUs
  • Battery monitoring/management
  • Custom Image signal processor (ISP)
  • Edge AI processing
  • Wireless tyre pressure sensor
  • Gas, gyro, position, force sensor interfacing
  • Driver occupancy. wellbeing and behaviour monitoring
  • Bridge sensor and drivers
  • Stepper motor controllers
  • Long and short range and imaging Radar
  • Parking sensors
  • V2X communications and security

Example

Medium complexity mixed signal controller ASIC

  • TSMC 180nm, 24 pin QFN
  • AEC Q100 Grade 2, QM rated
  • Development and qualification NRE in the order of $1.5M
  • Specification to PPAP in less than 16 months
  • High volumes unit price < $1

Functional Safety – Designed in at the start

We understand that automotive products need to meet the specific and rigorous requirements of the automotive market. Our in-house experience includes:

  • Function Safety Manager with 30 years’ experience in automotive ASICs
  • A wealth of experience designing systems to ISO26262
  • Internal FuSa culture: periodic staff trainings, etc
  • Collaboration with independent partners for maximum level confirmation reviews (I3)
  • Qualified EDA tools
  • Compliant project management, storage and documentation
  • Experience in safety analysis, FMEDA, FTA, and on-chip safety mechanisms
  • Traceability through the full product life cycle

Taking care of your ASIC supply chain

EnSilica provides a complete ASIC production and supply chain management service from design specification through to volume production, using fully automotive qualified partners:

  • Process and vendor selection
  • Packaging
  • Test and qualification
  • Volume production and supply

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There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to supply chain management. Our independence, years of experience and strategic relationships with the leading silicon foundries, packaging and test and qualification vendors enables us to configure the right partners to deliver against the individual requirements of each project.

Selecting the right silicon IP

arm-design-partner-logoSelecting the right silicon IP is critical to the success of any automotive ASIC project and EnSilica have a successful track record of selecting and integrating the right internal or 3rd party IPs into custom chips, including; ARM processors, AI co-processors, video compression IP and image processing cores.

The EnSilica portfolio of in-house, silicon-proven IP includes;

  • A range of embedded RISC cores (eSi-RISC) and floating-point units
  • ADAS radar co-processor
  • Cryptography
  • Communications and connectivity
  • RF / Radio and analog

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