UK government helps Agile Analog introduce more complex IP

October 26, 2021 // By Peter Clarke
UK government helps Agile Analog introduce more complex IP
Analog and mixed-signal intellectual property developer Agile Analog Ltd. (Cambridge, England) has introduced complex circuits after having received £1 million of support from Innovate UK, part of the national funding agency.

These circuits include ADCs and DACs and security glitch monitors, although Agile has been offering general purpose ADCs and DACs since December 2019 (see Agile Analog rolls out first products ).

Innovate UK was responsible for the whole £1milion of funding and there are no additional categories of IP to report at this stage, a spokesperson said.

The work has provided an extension of Agile's 'Composa' technology and it can now generate IP cores within as little as four weeks after finalizing the specification. To prove the capability Agile Analog made its own test chips and took them to silicon. Innovate helped pay to equip and recruit staff for the company’s engineering centre in Cambridge, UK, the company said in a statement.

Agile claims Composa helps customer achieve higher performing ASICs and SoCs in less time as conventionally chip companies have either used or re-used standard sub-optimal IP blocks or have taken six to nine months to develop custom IP that is subsequently hard to re-purpose.

Composa-generated IP is configured to each customer's specification, and optimised for application, foundry and node. It can, if necessary, be re-targeted to a new foundry or node in the middle of a chip development.

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