EnSilica article in Mentor Graphic’s ‘Verification Horizons’, March 2016

Reusable Verification Framework

Verification HorizonsIn the latest edition, EnSilica’s verification consultant, Gunther Clasen describes a reusable verification framework that allows interface connections to be written only once and used in both block and system-level testbenches.

The full article can be read here

 

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The Verification Horizons publication expands upon verification topics to provide concepts, values, methodologies and examples to assist with the understanding of what these advanced functional verification technologies can do and how to most effectively apply them.

 

EnSilica Launch New eSi IoT Board at IoT Expo

iot-expo-2016At the forthcoming Internet of Things (IoT) Tech Expo at London’s Olympia on the 10-11th February Ensilica will be demonstrating the new eSi IoT Board, a highly integrated, low-cost hardware platform for developing IoT solutions. The board will be in action on Ensilica’s booth #109. Single board prices start at £149.

iot-demo-board-fullBased around the Altera MAX10 FPGA and the NIOS or eSi-RISC SoC’s the board provides a highly flexible IoT development and delivery solution.

  • Altera MAX10 FPGA
  • NIOS or eSi-RISC SoC
  • Bluetooth Smart
  • GPS with built in antenna
  • 9-axis motion sensor
  • Temperature sensor
  • Humidity sensor
  • NFC with built in antenna
  • Light sensor
  • Buzzer
  • Digital microphone
  • Capacitive touch button
  • 5 LEDs
  • Powered from micro-USB

The company will also be demonstrating its portfolio of IP solutions, including eSi-RISC, a highly configurable 16/32 bit embedded processor, alongside IP for communications, processor peripherals and encryption.

EnSilica also provides services to companies with in-house ASIC and FPGA design teams. These services include system engineering, analog and mixed signal design, advanced verification using UVM, DFT and physical implementation.

EnSilica has a strong track record of success in delivering semiconductor IP and providing ASIC and FPGA design services to semiconductor companies and OEMs worldwide. The company is a specialist in low-power ASIC design and complex FPGA-based embedded systems, including hardware and embedded software development.

About IoT Tech Expo
This year’s Expo will highlight the most innovative advancements in technologies which are affecting IoT and brings together key industries from across Europe for two days of top level content and discussion. Industries include Manufacturing, Transport, Health, Logistics, Government, Energy and Automotive. http://www.iottechexpo.com/europe/

EnSilica and Express Logic Bring ThreadX RTOS to eSi-RISC Processor Cores

The combination of eSi-RISC and ThreadX is ideally suited to IoT applications

threadxWokingham (UK) & SAN DIEGO — 2nd December 2015.  EnSilica, a leading independent provider of semiconductor IP and IC design services, and Express Logic, the worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOSes), have collaborated to port Express Logic’s popular ThreadX® real-time operating system (RTOS) to EnSilica’s eSi-RISC family of silicon-proven, highly configurable embedded processor cores.

ThreadX ease-of-use is facilitated by its intuitive, highly functional API and advanced, instant-on RTOS features. ThreadX features efficient real-time responsiveness and code compactness that appeal to developers of the most demanding, deeply embedded consumer and industrial electronics. Together eSi-RISC and ThreadX share small footprint, high-performance, and low-power characteristics that, when combined with ThreadX’s pre-certification for many safety standards, ideally suit them to IoT and industrial applications. With billions of units already deployed, ThreadX delivers rock-solid reliability coupled with exceptional quality. Express Logic’s companion X-Ware software features ThreadX fully integrated with Express Logic’s FileX high-performance MS-DOS compatible file system, NetX high-performance implementation of TCP/IP protocol standards, and USBX high-performance USB host, device, and On-The-Go (OTG) embedded stack.

EnSilica’s eSi-RISC is a family of highly configurable and low-power soft processor cores for embedded systems that scale across a wide range of applications and uniquely support both 16-bit and 32-bit configurations. The cores have been extensively silicon proven in a variety of ASIC technologies down to 28nm. The eSi-RISC family includes the eSi-1600 16-bit processor, eSi-3200 32-bit processor, eSI-3250 32-bit processor, eSi-3250sfp incorporating a single precision floating point processor, eSi-3260 32 bit processor with SIMD DSP extensions and eSI-32X0MP 32-bit scalable, asymmetric multicore processor. The processor cores also benefit from a configurable memory architecture and configurable cache options.

“Today’s embedded developers are challenged to provide solutions that process high volumes of complex data using minimal processor cycles and memory,” said William Lamie, President of Express Logic. “We believe EnSilica’s flexible eSi-RISC processor cores and our highly efficient ThreadX RTOS creates a commercial-grade solution capable of addressing the most demanding projects now and into the future.”

“While some eSi-RISC customers often choose an open-source RTOS to realise up-front budget savings, others believe that a commercially supported RTOS is more preferable for successful embedded product development and fast time-to-market delivery,” said Ian Lankshear, CEO of EnSilica. “Our collaboration with Express Logic in developing the ThreadX port provides our customers with access to one to one of the most successful and popular commercial RTOSes on the market. The combination of ThreadX and eSi-RISC delivers unrivalled compactness, high performance and low-power for all manner of embedded applications.”

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About EnSilica

EnSilica was founded in 2001 and has a strong track record of success in delivering semiconductor IP and providing ASIC/FPGA design services to semiconductor companies and OEMs worldwide. The company is headquartered in the UK and has offices in India and the USA. The company is a specialist in low-power ASIC design and complex FPGA-based embedded systems including hardware and embedded software development. In addition to providing IP and turnkey ASIC/FPGA development, EnSilica also provides point services to companies with in-house ASIC design teams. These services include system engineering, analog and mixed signal design, and advanced verification using UVM, DFT and physical implementation. For further information about EnSilica, visit https://ensilica.com.

About Express Logic

Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Express Logic offers the most advanced run-time solution for deeply embedded applications, including the popular ThreadX® RTOS, the high-performance NetX™ TCP/IP stack, the FileX® embedded FAT-compatible file system, the USBX™ Host/Device USB protocol stack, and the GUIX™ graphical user interface development toolkit. Most products from Express Logic include full source code and all have no run-time royalties. For more information about Express Logic solutions, please visit the Web site at www.expresslogic.com, call 1-858-613-6640, or e-mail inquiries to info@expresslogic.com.

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EnSilica Opens Bristol-based Analog and Mixed-Signal IC Design Centre

ensilica-bristolWokingham (UK) — 29th October 2015. EnSilica, a leading independent provider of semiconductor IP and IC design services, has added a regional office and design centre in Bristol to its headquarters in Wokingham and design centre in Bangalore.

“The Bristol office will provide more localised support capabilities for the company’s customers in Bristol and the South West as well as providing a dedicated design centre that will act as a centre of excellence for our analog and mixed-signal IC design services,” said Ian Lankshear, CEO of EnSilica.

EnSilica’s director of analog and mixed-signal design Nick Weiner will head up the Bristol design centre. Nick founded Phyworks (sold to Maxim in 2010) and Xintronix (sold to FTDI in 2013), and joined EnSilica earlier this year.

“Nick has specialist knowledge in products developed for the fibre-optic communications industry, including FTTH transceivers, 10Gbit/s transceivers and signal integrity ICs. His experience will be invaluable in helping our client deliver their projects on-spec, on-time and on-budget.” said Ian Lankshear, CEO of EnSilica.

* Photo: Members of the Bristol design team, including 5th from left CEO Ian Lankshear, 6th from left, director of analog and mixed-signal design Nick Weiner.

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About EnSilica

EnSilica was founded in 2001 and has a strong track record of success in delivering semiconductor IP and providing ASIC/FPGA design services to semiconductor companies and OEMs worldwide. The company is headquartered in the UK and has offices in India and the USA. The company is a specialist in low-power ASIC design and complex FPGA-based embedded systems including hardware and embedded software development. In addition to providing IP and turnkey ASIC/FPGA development, EnSilica also provides point services to companies with in-house ASIC design teams. These services include system engineering, analog and mixed signal design, and advanced verification using UVM, DFT and physical implementation. For further information about EnSilica, visit https://ensilica.com.

All trademarks are recognised and are the property of their respective companies.

Media contacts:

  • Nick Weiner, Analog and Mixed-signal Director for EnSilica
    Tel: +44 (0) 117 214 0254. Email: nick.weiner@ensilica.com
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