We are a leader in high performance and low-cost mixed signal ASICs. We are part of Sensata Technologies, one of the World’s leading suppliers of sensing, electrical protection, control and power management solutions, and have no less than five decades experience in the design, production test and supply of ASICs for applications in automotive and across many industrial sectors.
Mixed Signal Integration Expertise
There are many IC companies who can only claim expertise in either digital or analog design. However, many of today’s applications require much more than this either/or simplistic approach. The solution is provided by the utilisation of mixed-signal integration which involves working in both domains on a single die and dealing with the issues that will inevitably arise through this added level of complexity.
For example, design engineers need to understand the effects that high-frequency digital can have on sensitive analog circuitry and how the portioning of the die can affect performance between the domains. Working with an ASIC company like Swindon that specialises in mixed signal is crucial as they understand and are experienced in the unique engineering challenges that are involved when designing complex mixed signal circuitry in small geometries. Experienced mixed signal ASIC companies such as Swindon will advise on system performance and engineer an optimised solution while the customer focuses on their aspects of the system performance.
Dealing with these design and layout challenges, while trying to remain within the area and cost budgets, is where an expert in mixed signal ASIC design excels. This requires an extensive electronics and physics understanding and the experience to implement techniques that provide known solutions, whether that involves a full-custom design or using existing IP that is known to work in the required system application.
Global Leader in ASIC Solutions
Swindon is the global leader and foremost supplier of ASIC/MEMS solutions for Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS), supplying approximately half of the Worldwide demand. We bring this global leadership to everything that we do.
EV battery management is another significant automotive application for Swindon. The rise of the hybrid and electric vehicle has brought the need to monitor individual cells in the multicell battery power pack and constantly communicate each cell’s State of Charge (SOC) and State of Health (SOH) status to the vehicle’s engine management system. This new generation automotive fuel gauge is another area where the ASIC solution is providing performance, cost and reliability advances whilst ensuring that stringent functional safety criteria (ISO 26262) are incorporated at chip level.
Design Team Partnership
ASICs are complex devices containing many functions – checkout our IC Builder link for an indication of what can be included. So, not surprisingly, choosing a supplier that understands your application’s technical, commercial, qualification and functional safety requirements, from the outset, is hugely important.
All successful ASIC-based projects rely on the close intellectual co-operation between the customer’s designers and the chip supplier’s design teams.
An initial contact will satisfy the customer that its application does, or does not, suit the ASIC route and that the chip supplier understands the requirement and has the expertise and capacity to complete the project. At this initial meeting, both customer and supplier need to be satisfied that the project has a future.
Once the partnership begins, there is very close co-operation between both teams. A Technical Lead and a Project manager will be assigned for the duration of the project and liaise on all aspects of the project with the customer’s counterparts. This close relationship we believe is crucial in the ongoing success of the design and project and the future production.