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Mixed Signal, RF ASIC
and FPGA Design

Your solution might be an ASIC

- We can help you find out

We have more than 25 years of ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) development experience and a large catalogue of IP to help our customers develop the optimal solution in an efficient manner. We have a complete workflow for turnkey ASIC from specification to tape out. The workflow is based on ASIC EDA design tools from Cadence in which we are absolutely fluent. 

Our expertise, projects and IP blocks span a variety of technologies and semiconductor foundry companies from deep sub-micron CMOS technologies to high voltage (400V+) technology nodes. We are experienced in porting designs between process nodes and foundries – an invaluable skill to reduce risk and cost during development while maintaining flexibility.

A custom IC design is no longer reserved for large corporations. Thanks to modern tools, IP libraries and modern process technologies smaller companies can achieve a positive return of investment earlier than ever before. The up-front cost of a custom ASIC is no longer the big hurdle it has previously been.

Advantages of a custom ASIC

Replacing a number of separate discrete components with a customized ASIC can result in significant cost savings even at relatively modest production quantities.

We can implement functionality that is not possible to implement using other methods, such as discrete circuits or FPGAs. We can reach higher performance, implement unique features and optimize the silicon for your requirements.

An ASIC can be optimized for extremely low power consumption. We have experience on developing products with 10+ years battery life on a coin cell battery.

Very compact implementations are possible by utilizing ASIC and advanced packaging solutions. This is important for many product types including wearables, implants and even edible electronics such as the Pill Camera developed by us.

An ASIC can offer a reduction of supply chain complexity and mitigation of risks such as component end of life / last standby and new component revisions with changed behaviour. An ASIC also generally offers a reduction in the number of component suppliers and BOM rows.

Increase your resilience against IP theft and reverse engineering. A circuit board can be easily reverse engineered, and firmware code can be cloned. Reverse engineering an ASIC in a modern technology node is extremely time consuming and difficult, and putting a copy into production also represents a huge project.

Custom ASIC Design

Our main focus:

  • Low power mixed signal ASIC
  • Low power RF ASIC
  • Analog, mixed, digital and RF ASIC

In addition to RF ASIC, we are also skilled at designing ASICs for applications where extremely long battery life is required. These are often circuits with demanding analog functions together with micro-controllers on a single circuit – known as “System on Chip”.

In some cases a multi-die solution is even better. In this case a dense digital design on one process and a mixed-signal on another process are placed in the same package using SIP/MCM (Silicon In Package / Multi-Chip-Module) technology. We will help you with trade-off analysis to find the optimal solution for your product.

Over the years we have gained extensive experience with design solutions that outperform standard components in a given application; often these are also extremely compact designs.

ASIC Design Services

ShortLink has all the competence, experience and design tools needed to successfully design your custom ASIC from beginning to end. We also offer our design services individually and can help you with one or several parts of the development. Our services includes everything from pre-studies, system level architecture, analog and digital design, layout, simulation, verification, supply services and more. Please contact us with your specific project requirements for more information.

Supply Chain Services

ShortLink provides full turnkey ASIC manufacturing services, taking products from prototype to mass production using the most suitable technologies available.

We have a flexible supply chain service that adapts to each customers unique needs and volumes. Our service includes all necessary steps from wafer procurement, probing, packaging, IC testing, storage and distribution of ICs.

FPGA Design and ASIC Conversion

In addition to our expertise in digital ASIC design, we are also used to incorporating FPGAs in our projects. Often as a means to prototype and verify ASIC designs, but in some cases an FPGA can be the right choice for an end product as well. Our language of choice is VHDL. We perform FPGA to ASIC conversions, either as purely digital designs or mixed signal. 

Silicon IP

ShortLink has a large catalogue of in-house developed IP blocks in a variety of technologies available for licensing. We also offer our ASIC design services for new IP designs.

Sub-GHz RF System-on-Chip

One of our specialities is miniaturized wireless products. These often utilize custom System-on-Chip solutions with a state of the art integrated Sub-GHz RF transceiver. We combine our knowledge of RF system design, Sub-GHz technology, RF ASIC design, embedded system design with our Silicon IP library to achieve world leading performance and miniaturization.

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How can we help you?

Contact us for a free consultation!

We have more than 25 years of experience in electronics design spanning multiple competence areas. You can rely on us to help you identify and implement the optimal solution to your needs in an efficient and professional manner.