Ramsdale added: "Analog design is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration. We value the analog engineer and look to speed up the 90 percent so we can get more done. We look at it from the point of view of an engineer starting a new project and look to optimize all the way through the process."
Pushing again on the limitations of the technology we asked how generally applicable it is in circuit design. Ramsdale said: "There is a high general capability. Can it do RF? Yes. MEMS is probably a bit of a stretch. But, in any case we are focused on the analog circuit classes and foundry processes for which there is high demand." Ramsdale added that its IP is also in demand at a number of smaller foundries with unique process variants who otherwise find it hard to get IP core support.
So how far and widely has Agile Analog's IP been licensed so far?
"We've engaged with the big-four foundries and a few smaller ones," said Farrugia. The big four are TSMC, Samsung, Globalfoundries and SMIC. All of the circuits to date have been developed for planar processes, and Furrugia includes fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) in that category. "In 2019 we started working with FinFET PDKs. Our design approach is FinFET ready,"
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