Electronic Design Automation, or EDA, is a market segment consisting of software, hardware, and services with the collective goal of assisting in the definition, planning, design, implementation, verification, and subsequent manufacturing of semiconductor devices, or chips. Regarding the manufacturing of these devices, the primary providers of this service are semiconductor foundries, or fabs. These highly complex and costly facilities are either owned and operated by large, vertically integrated semiconductor companies or operated as independent, “pure-play” manufacturing service providers. This latter category has become the dominate business model.
Nippon (EDA Division) is an advanced technology services provider offering comprehensive solutions from concept to prototype, in the semiconductor space. We offer an integrated portfolio of services to our clients in key domains including digital, analog, high speed physical interface IP, Embedded Memory Compiler and SoC Modelling.
We are the preferred semiconductor design service partners to several companies in Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Industrial IoT and Medical electronics space. We help our customers achieve their time-to-market window by delivering first pass silicon designs and engage with product engineering teams across the globe to design System-on-Chip. Nippon has centers in USA, UK, India, Africa, Middle East, Thailand and Canada.
Major areas of this business
The EDA design flow can be divided into two designs, digital design and analog design. In digital design a circuit is described using a hardware description language, followed by simulation of circuit design, synthesis, place & route and post layout simulation. In analog design, a circuit is captured, followed by simulation, physical design, layout extraction and post layout simulation. The combined layouts of digital and analog designs are used in a manufacturing facility to produce an electronic chip.
ANALOG & MIXED SIGNAL ENGINEERING
Our team has in-depth expertise on variety of IPs such as SerDes (10, 16, 30 & 56 Gbps), DDRphy, USB 2.0, MIPIphy and Power management. We have also handled expanded portfolios of Data converters, clock circuits such as PLL, DLL & oscillators, Regulators, Bias, Bandgap references, Temperature sensors, UVLOs etc. in almost all leading foundries at technologies varying from 500nm BCD to 7nm Finfet. Multiple full chip and IP level tape out has been successfully done with first pass silicon.
What sets us unique is that the knowledge gained is shared among other team members across sites to close the skill gap at any experience level.
STANDARD CELL SOLUTIONS
In the past, our team has delivered multiple std cell libraries at 90nm, 65nm, 45nm, 32nm, 28nm, 20nm, 16FF, 14nm, 10nm etc. with leading foundries. These libraries include High performance, High density, 11T, 9T, 7.5T, 6T design. We are also expert when it comes to migration of libraries to latest technologies.
Our team has delivered IO layout from 250nm to 16nm technologies. These includes GPIOs, LVCMOS, LVTTL, LVDS, DDR etc. with Analog/Power ring. ESD requirements for HBM, MM, CDM were taken care.
Expertise in Prototyping and Emulation of complex IC designs for faster system debug and software bring-up. The team has lots of experience in the area of board bring-up, development of test automation frameworks, error diagnosis and system debug, OS driver development, debugging software stacks, characterization and benchmarking tests.
POST SILICON VALIDATION
The Post Silicon Validation(PSV) team at Nippon is a large group of technically strong engineers in the areas mentioned below. The team is well-led, closely-knit, and has received very good feedback from the industry. Further, Nippon has got lab facilities and training sessions exclusively for PSV engineers.
FPGA DESIGN & EMULATION
Nippon’s team in Emulation and FPGA design have hands-on experience doing the following activities at several of our clients: