Design Creation

Micro-architecture

Encore Semi is continuously developing and expanding its knowledge base in many architecture domains as we are working with the leading Tier 1 customers. This allows for the support of pathfinding projects and developing optimized micro-architectures and efficient RTL.

Encore Semi engineers are accustomed to many tools for designing, analyzing and optimizing micro-architectures. We also offer expertise in low-power techniques such as:

  • Voltage Islands for Power Shut-off modes
  • Voltage Domains for multiple supplies
  • Clock Gating
  • DVFS

We offer specialized knowledge in specific architectural and functional domains, such as SoCs with embedded ARM cores and advanced interfaces using high-sped SerDes technology.

  • PCIe gen 4/4/5; NVMe
  • DDR3, DDR4, LPDDR
  • USB3
  • HDMI 1.4
  • MIPI
  • Thunderbolt 3.0
  • SAS 3.0
  • SATA 3.2

Low-Power BaseBand knowledge base:

  • Baseband Processing for
    • FDMA, SC-FDMA
    • TDMA
    • CDMA
    • OFDMA
  • Basic Vector Operations
    • Data Load
    • Vector Alignment
    • Computation
    • Vector Reduction
    • Data Storage
  • Vector Algorithm Kernels
    • FIR Filtering
    • Pattern Matching
    • Min/Max Finding
    • Viterbi-BMC/ACS
    • FFT
  • Low Power Techniques
    • Operation Chaining
    • Pipelined Execution
    • Staggered Memory Access
    • Multicycling

Digital Design

From behavioral modeling using VHDL, Verilog or System Verilog, to RTL coding, clock-tree optimization, complex state machine design or glue-logic generation, our customers can rely on the Encore Semi digital design teams to provide an optimized result.

Digital designers are used to manage noise and timing margins, parasitic inductances or capacitances, and filter power connections. Encore Semi has a solid digital design team, used to develop and integrate various IP blocks such as CPU cores (ARM, x86, etc.) and associated buses or fabrics, memory interfaces (ROM, DDR3, DDR4, SRAM, custom cache, etc.),  SerDes (PCIe Gen3/4/5, USB3.1, Thunderbolt 3.0, MIPI, HDMI 1.4, SAS 3.0, SATA 3.2, etc.).

In addition, the following specialized expertise can be supported by Encore Semi:

  • A/D and D/A Interfaces
  • DSP techniques (FFE and DFE equalizations)
  • Software programmable state machines (microcontrollers)
  • Digital Clock Recovery

RF/Analog Design

RF, Analog and Mixed-Signal design is one of the focused area and strong expertise of Encore Semi. It encompasses various domains such as:

  • Architecture
  • Circuit design

Encore Semi can support RF/AMS architectural investigations. Our experts are up-to-date with new standard developments and have a deep understanding of scalable architectures. Using tools such as Simulink, Mathlab or Verilog-AMS to tune Low Power architectures or use High-Speed techniques, they are instrumental to achieve best performance.

Combining experience in RF, Analog, Mixed-Signal and Digital Circuit Design for a variety of process technologies (CMOS, FinFET, SOI, SiGe, etc.) and PDKs, our engineers are efficient at developing RF/Analog IP blocks and integrating them into larger mixed-mode SoCs using mixed-signal co-simulation

Expertise has been developed in several domains, such as the ones listed below:

High-Speed Interfaces:

  • Optimized Data Converter (D/A and A/D) interfaces
  • High Speed circuitry and SerDes designs
  • Analog and Digital PLLs
  • DDR3/4 PHY
  • Multi-rate design
  • LDOs and multi power domain designs
  • (Low-)Power optimization and power states management
  • Calibration techniques

RF Wireless:

  • RF System design/architecture for terminals, connectivity and infrastructure
  • Advanced RF simulation using tools such as 3D MOM/FEM & FDTD simulation
  • Altair FEKO; ADS; Genesys
  • Custom antenna design