Sondrel and NetSpeed Team Up to Deliver the Fastest, Lowest-risk Route to SoC Solutions

  • 1st May 2018

NetSpeed Systems and Sondrel, a UK headquartered supplier of complex IC solutions, today announced a collaboration to provide customers the fastest, lowest-risk path to creating custom SoCs for imaging, video analytics, data center, AI, automotive and industrial markets. NetSpeed will provide Sondrel preferred access to its product suite including Orion fabric IP, Gemini (cache coherent fabric IP), and Pegasus (Last Level cache). The relationship enables Sondrel to standardize its IC designs using NetSpeed’s interconnect fabric. 

Complex SoC builds often involve potential roadblocks. With increasing scale and complexity, architecting and designing a cache coherent fabric becomes ever more challenging—involving a significant amount of total engineering effort and influencing the design choices from conception through to tape-out. Over-designing is another problem which has its own implications for die size, power consumption, and engineering time.

“Coherency can be a major barrier in projects with multiple third-party IPs and compute engines, all of which compete for resources, and thus can result in deadlocks,” said Kevin Steptoe, VP of engineering at Sondrel. “Standardizing on NetSpeed's fabric IP provides us with a comprehensive tool kit for advanced SoC design projects, opening up more design choices that allow us to achieve the right trade-offs for power, performance and area.” 

Sondrel’s high end application processor and analytics platforms, implemented in 16nm processes and below, use NetSpeed’s Gemini cache coherent interconnect solution and Pegasus last level cache solution.

 “Sondrel is a one-of-a-kind concept-to-silicon service company and a great company to partner with,” said Anush Mohandass, VP of marketing and business development at NetSpeed. “Through this partnership, Sondrel's team have become expert users of NetSpeed's technology platform. Our joint engineering work with them has accelerated development of high-end SoCs in across key market segments.”

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