Movellus, founded in 2014, was initially backed through a couple of seed rounds by Intel (see Intel doubles down on analog IP from digital tools ). The latest round brings the amount invested in Movellus to $10 million. Also participating in the round are Intel Capital, which had invested in two prior funding rounds, and University of Michigan's MINTS (Michigan Invests in New Technology Startups) fund.
The company is using digital tools and standard cells to automate the generation of traditional analog IP and has a portfolio that includes PLLs, DLLs and LDOs that are optimized per design for markets ranging from edge AI to cloud computing. Movellus claims its approach can improve the power-performance-area product for designs and states that for edge computing the company can create nanowatt PLLs that are optimized for battery-less applications.
In addition to superior PPA each IP block is process-portable, customizable and DFT enabled, which are not easily done with custom-designed analog IP. This allows customers to use analog components optimized for their design rather than having to tweak their design to use the analog IP that is available.
"Movellus' innovative approach of leveraging digital design infrastructure and their proprietary architectures to implement analog blocks is poised to have a major impact on the semiconductor industry," said Stata, in a statement issued by Movellus.
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