Sep 04, 2020

Thalia and Dolphin Design announce partnership to transform analog IP re-use economics and to accelerate time to market

Advanced IP re-use plus technologies employ advanced AI algorithms and targeted automation with smart design methodology to improve outcomes and to reduce the resource costs of analog IP portfolio development

Cwmbran, UK – Grenoble, France – September 4th, 2020

Thalia Design Automation, experts in targeted automation for analog and mixed signal design and IP reuse, and Dolphin Design, a leading company in semiconductor IPs and  platform solutions, today announced a partnership transforming the way IP portfolios are expanded and managed, delivering new IPs to market faster and more cost-effectively than through conventional processes.

The partnership has already seen Thalia’s targeted automation platform, AMALIA, deployed alongside its experienced analog design and migration experts, to deliver power management and audio IPs supporting respectively Dolphin Design’s SPIDER and BAT platforms during the last 12 months. Thalia’s unique trifecta of design expertise, its proprietary technology analyzer and targeted automation enable project delivery up to twice as fast as a conventional design process.

The initial phase of the partnership has delivered 12 power management and audio IPs in various process nodes and flavours that enabled Dolphin Design to improve market penetration by expanding its portfolio of analog IPs using Thalia’s technology and expertise.

Philippe Berger, Dolphin Design CEO, said: “Conscious of the explosive growth in IoT, mobile and automotive, we decided to focus our in-house design teams one hundred percent on delivering innovative new IP designs for customers. Thalia’s AMALIA platform and its experts frees up our engineering resources to design future IP generations and helps us grow into new markets through a wider panel of technological nodes, as well as to consolidate our position. The partnership with Thalia allows us to expand our IP portfolio and to achieve a faster Time-to-Market, while improving our innovation capabilities.”

Sowmyan Rajagopalan, Thalia Design Automation CTO, said: “To date, our partnership with Dolphin has been hugely productive and we are excited to move on to the next phase.  Our AMALIA platform takes IP re-use to the next level – what we are calling IP re-use plus – allowing clients like Dolphin Design benefit from cost-effective technology analysis, coupled with design and targeted automation tools that enable us to deliver specified features and performance with precision and against challenging time-to-market and cost requirements.”

About Thalia Design Automation

Thalia’s AMALIA IP re-use platform repurposes the design of analog and mixed signal integrated circuits – migrating, refining and optimizing existing IP for new technologies and applications. This enables IP houses and integrated circuit manufacturers to re-use and diversify product ranges quickly and cost effectively to meet evolving market demand. The AMALIA platform can deliver up to 50% savings in development time, costs and resources on projects encompassing a wide range of technologies and process nodes, from 350 nm down to 22 nm. Thalia has a proven track record of delivering designs in cutting edge applications and in advanced technologies, and in some of the industry’s most demanding application areas.

In addition to dramatically improving time-to-market, the scalability of the AMALIA platform:

• Optimizes existing IP for new applications and technologies

• Cost-effectively delivers exactly the right feature and performance combination to tight deadlines

• Enables in-house design teams to focus on innovation

• Controls complexity while maintaining quality

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