Concept to Silicon: Streamline Your Semiconductor Design Project with Expert Solutions

Enabling Semiconductor Design Teams with Cutting-Edge Solutions: From Custom Design to Optimization, Verification, and IP Integration, We Tackle the Most Complex Challenges to Accelerate Innovation and Time-to-Market


Founded in 2011, Encore has established itself as a leading purveyor of semiconductor design services globally. The company was born out of a vision to fill a crucial niche in the semiconductor industry, focusing on delivering innovative services with a pinnacle level expertise, providing high-quality design solutions to meet the evolving needs of its clients. Headquartered in San Diego, we have staff around the United States.
Encore Semi is a leading provider of specialized semiconductor design services, dedicated to empowering design teams with innovative solutions. Our mission is to help our clients overcome the complexities of semiconductor development, ensuring efficient, high-quality designs that meet the demands of today's fast-paced market. By combining deep industry expertise with a commitment to excellence, we strive to accelerate innovation and drive success for our clients in the ever-evolving semiconductor landscape.

Semiconductor engineering executives face the constant challenge of balancing innovation, time-to-market, and cost optimization. In this dynamic landscape, considering third-party engineering design services can be a strategic move towards unlocking unparalleled advantages.

Embracing third-party engineering design services empowers semiconductor executives to focus on core competencies, driving growth and differentiation in an increasingly competitive landscape. Let's unlock the full potential of semiconductor innovation together!

  • Specialized Expertise
    Third-party services offer access to niche expertise and cutting-edge technologies, augmenting in-house capabilities and fostering innovation.
  • Accelerated TTM
    By tapping into external resources, executives can expedite product development cycles, gaining a competitive edge in rapidly evolving markets.
  • Cost Optimization
    Flexible resource allocation and streamlined processes provided by third-party services can optimize costs without compromising quality or innovation.
  • Risk Management
    Diversifying engineering efforts across multiple partners enhances resilience and mitigates risks associated with talent shortages or market fluctuations.

For semiconductor product companies, OEMs developing IP or SoCs, or subsystem vendors, Encore Semi provides custom engineering solutions to accelerate projects, optimize performance and mitigate risks. We leverage a team of full-time engineering management and recruiters to identify, qualify and deploy our staff members and ensure we deliver the best solutions. Our goal is to bring visible value and positive impact to our customers by providing custom engineering service solutions tailored to achieve specific results, deliverables and milestones.

    Comprehensive support for our customers' IP design needs. Leveraging their reference RTL code (soft IP) and associated hardcoded cells (hard IP), our expert engineers meticulously model, optimize, and verify the IP. We ensure that each design is fully prepared and ready for seamless integration by our clients.
    Efficient and comprehensive integration of SoCs and ASICs. Given a specification, micro-architecture, and the necessary IP blocks from our customers, our skilled engineering teams develop the essential wrappers and glue logic for seamless IP block integration.
    A multi-disciplinary team to support Physical Design projects, successfully executing SoC implementation using Synopsys and Cadence tool suites with technologies as advanced as 3nm. This versatile environment enables us to offer broad and flexible support tailored to our customers' project needs.
    With a wide range of expertise in RF, Analog/Mixed-Signal and Digital design flow, our seasoned engineering team can work at the block or IP level, enabling effective insertion within a customer's design team, or independent full IP design or porting to support broader system development. Experience in latest technologies from spec to GDSII.
    Capable to support RF and Analog/Mixed Signal simulations in most commonly used flows and tools. Full Digital verification capability for both Cadence and Synopsys tools. Separate simulation and verification tasks enables designers to focus on design optimization leaving the verification task to our team.
    Efficient and complete integration of SoCs and ASICs. Knowledge of standard core and NoC IPs as well as experience in AMS or sensor blocks integration. Customer usually provides specification, micro-architecture and IP blocks and our team delivers the integrated system.
    Experience in testing and characterization for custom IPs. We can handle all your lab needs from single Analog/Mixed Signal or Digital IP testing up to wafer-level probing.
    Our Functional Safety Solution Group (FSSG) is comprised of a dedicated team of Functional Safety Experts. FSSG offers comprehensive functional safety support throughout the safety lifecycle of product development. We serve key markets including Automotive, Medical, and Aerospace & Defense.
    We know that a successful product is the result of a great design and outstanding program management. Our seasoned engineering managers can take this delicate task out of your hand guaranteeing your TTM needs while providing the right amount of insulation between designers and customers
  • Kenneth T.
    "My experience with Encore Semi has been nothing short of exceptional. From our initial consultation to the final delivery, their team demonstrated unparalleled professionalism, expertise, and dedication to our project. They not only met but exceeded our expectations in terms of quality and timeliness. Encore Semi's ability to understand our unique needs and provide tailored solutions truly set them apart. I highly recommend Encore Semi to anyone seeking top-notch semiconductor design services. They are a trusted partner you can rely on for innovative and reliable solutions."
  • Annaporna T.
    "Partnering with Encore Semi has been a transformative experience for our company. Their team brought a level of expertise and innovation that significantly enhanced our semiconductor design projects. They worked closely with us to understand our specific needs and delivered solutions that were both cutting-edge and cost-effective. The seamless integration of their designs into our products resulted in improved performance and efficiency, giving us a competitive edge in the market. Their dedication to quality and excellence is evident in every interaction, making Encore Semi a trusted and invaluable partner. I highly recommend them to any organization seeking top-tier semiconductor design services."
  • Bao H.
    "Working with Encore Semi on our EDA flow development and new design team setup was an outstanding experience. Their expertise was evident from day one, as they seamlessly integrated advanced EDA tools into our processes and established an efficient, robust design flow. They took full responsibility for bringing up our new design team, providing comprehensive training and support that empowered our engineers to hit the ground running. Encore Semi’s dedication to our project’s success was unwavering, and their proactive approach ensured that we met all our milestones on time. The quality of their work has had a lasting positive impact on our productivity and innovation capabilities. We couldn’t have asked for a better partner in this critical phase of our growth."
IP Modeling, Optimization, and Verification
At Encore Semi, we provide comprehensive support for our customers’ IP design needs. Leveraging their reference RTL code (soft IP) and associated hardcoded cells (hard IP), our expert engineers meticulously model, optimize, and verify the IP. We ensure that each design is fully prepared and ready for seamless integration by our clients.
SoC and ASIC Integration
Encore Semi excels in the efficient and comprehensive integration of SoCs and ASICs. Given a specification, micro-architecture, and the necessary IP blocks from our customers, our skilled engineering teams develop the essential wrappers and glue logic for seamless IP block integration.
Physical Design
Encore Semi has assembled a multi-disciplinary team to support Physical Design projects, successfully executing SoC implementation using Synopsys and Cadence tool suites with technologies as advanced as 3nm. This versatile environment enables us to offer broad and flexible support tailored to our customers’ project needs.
RF and Analog Mixed-Signal (AMS) Design
With extensive experience, our engineering team excels in providing solutions for RF and Analog Mixed-Signal (AMS) design projects. We also leverage our ecosystem and partners to ensure optimal results.
Functional Safety
Encore Semi’s Functional Safety Solutions Group (FSSG) is comprised of a dedicated team of Functional Safety Experts. FSSG offers comprehensive functional safety support throughout the safety lifecycle of product development. We serve key markets including Automotive, Medical, and Aerospace & Defense.
Enterprise SSD Solutions
Leverage our Enterprise SSD team for a range of projects, from architecture consulting to complete drive firmware implementation, customization, and production support. Our teams possess extensive experience in implementing advanced features in the rapidly growing NVMe market segment.
Aerospace and Defense Support
Encore Semi supports aerospace and defense customers with a dedicated team of US citizen engineers, enhancing their ASIC, FPGA, and firmware projects. Our expertise in advanced nodes and technologies allows us to deliver valuable solutions and reduce risk, leveraging our extensive experience in solving similar challenges in the commercial sector.
  • Behrooz Abdi

    Behrooz is a distinguished leader in the semiconductor industry with over three decades of experience driving technological innovation and business growth. As the CEO of Encore Semi, Behrooz has been instrumental in positioning the company as a premier provider of semiconductor design services, renowned for its expertise, reliability, and customer-centric approach.

    Behrooz began his career with Motorola, where he spent 23 years in various leadership roles, ultimately serving as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Motorola’s Mobile Devices Business. During his tenure, he played a pivotal role in the development and launch of numerous groundbreaking products, contributing significantly to Motorola’s market leadership in mobile communications.

    Following his successful stint at Motorola, Behrooz served as the CEO of InvenSense, a leading provider of MEMS sensor solutions. Under his leadership, InvenSense achieved significant growth, expanded its product portfolio, and successfully went public, establishing itself as a key player in the sensor technology market.

    Behrooz’s strategic vision and deep technical expertise have been key to his success in transforming companies and driving innovation. He holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and has been recognized for his contributions to the technology industry with numerous awards and accolades.

    At Encore Semi, Behrooz continues to leverage his vast experience and leadership skills to guide the company’s strategic initiatives, fostering a culture of excellence and innovation. His commitment to delivering cutting-edge semiconductor solutions has solidified Encore Semi’s reputation as a trusted partner for companies seeking advanced design capabilities.

  • Scott Monroe
    VP of Sales

    Scott brings over 25 years of experience in sales leadership within the technology and semiconductor industries. With a track record of driving significant revenue growth and building strong customer relationships, Scott plays a pivotal role in expanding Encore Semi’s market presence and fostering long-term client partnerships.

    Scott began his sales career early in his professional life, where he developed foundational skills in sales and account management, focusing on technology solutions for enterprise clients. He quickly established himself as a top performer, recognized for his ability to understand complex customer needs and deliver tailored solutions that drive business success.

    Prior to joining Encore Semi, Scott held senior sales positions at several leading technology firms, including Synopsys and Cadence Design Systems, Magma Design Automation and ANSYS. At Synopsys, he served as a Senior Sales Director, where he led a team responsible for multi-million-dollar accounts, significantly increasing sales and market share in the EDA and semiconductor IP sectors. At Cadence, Scott was instrumental in managed large teams focused on securing major design wins and expanding the company's footprint in key strategic markets.

    As VP of Sales at Encore Semi, Scott oversees the company’s sales strategies, customer engagement initiatives, and market expansion efforts. His deep industry knowledge and strategic vision have been crucial in positioning Encore Semi as a leading provider of semiconductor design services. Scott’s approach to sales is customer-centric, focusing on building strong, lasting relationships and ensuring that Encore Semi’s solutions align perfectly with client needs.

    Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a MBA from the University of Dallas. He is known for his dynamic leadership style, strategic thinking, and commitment to excellence. Under his leadership, Encore Semi continues to achieve robust sales growth and strengthen its position as a trusted partner in the semiconductor industry.

  • Urban Jangren
    VP of Engineering

    Urban is a highly accomplished technology executive with extensive experience in semiconductor design, engineering, and leadership. As the Vice President of Engineering at Encore Semi, Urban brings a wealth of expertise in driving complex engineering projects and advancing technological innovation.

    Urban’s career began at Ericsson, where he played a key role in the development of cutting-edge telecommunication systems. His work at Ericsson laid the foundation for a deep understanding of advanced engineering principles and large-scale project management. During his tenure, Urban was instrumental in the design and implementation of numerous high-impact projects, contributing to the company's global success in the telecom sector.

    Before joining Encore Semi, Urban held senior leadership positions at several prominent technology firms. At Synopsys, he served as a Senior Director of Engineering, where he led global teams in the development of semiconductor IP and design automation tools. His leadership was pivotal in delivering innovative solutions that enhanced the company’s product offerings and market competitiveness.

    At Encore Semi, Urban oversees all engineering operations, including design methodologies, project execution, and team development. His strategic vision and technical acumen have been critical in positioning Encore Semi as a leader in semiconductor design services. Urban’s commitment to excellence and innovation ensures that Encore Semi consistently delivers high-quality solutions that meet the evolving needs of its clients.

    Urban holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. He is recognized in the industry for his ability to blend technical expertise with strategic leadership, fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration within his teams.

    Under Urban’s leadership, Encore Semi continues to push the boundaries of semiconductor design, maintaining its reputation for excellence and reliability in the industry. His dedication to advancing technology and nurturing engineering talent is instrumental in driving the company's ongoing success and growth.

  • Mario Lucarelli
    VP of Business Development

    Mario is a visionary leader with over three decades of experience in the semiconductor industry. Renowned for his deep technical expertise and innovative approach, Mario drives Encore Semi’s business development strategy and spearheads the development of cutting-edge solutions.

    Mario’s illustrious career includes pivotal roles at several prominent technology firms, where he has consistently demonstrated his ability to solve complex technical challenges and deliver high-quality results. His extensive experience spans a wide range of areas, including ASIC and FPGA design, system architecture, and advanced semiconductor technologies.

    As VP of Business Development, Mario is responsible for aligning the company’s technical roadmap and ensuring the seamless integration of advanced technologies into client projects. His strategic insights and hands-on leadership have been instrumental in positioning Encore Semi as a leader in the semiconductor industry. Mario’s commitment to excellence and his passion for innovation drive the company’s efforts to deliver superior design solutions that meet the evolving needs of their clients.

    Mario holds a Bachelor’s Business Administration: Major in Marketing Management from Fairleigh Dickenson University. His robust educational background, combined with his extensive industry experience, equips him with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead Encore Semi’s technical initiatives and guide the company towards future growth.

    Beyond his technical prowess, Mario is a dedicated mentor and advocate for continuous learning and professional development. He actively engages with the engineering community, sharing his expertise and fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration within the industry.

    Mario J. Lucarelli’s exceptional leadership and unwavering dedication to technological advancement make him an invaluable asset to Encore Semi. His contributions continue to drive the company’s success and reinforce its reputation as a pioneer in semiconductor design and development.
  • Yanira Barahona
    Director of Human Resources

    With a proven track record in leadership and innovation, Yanira Barahona brings a wealth of expertise to her role at Encore Semi. Yanira has over 10 years of experience in the industry, specializing in operational excellence, strategic planning, and business development.

    Throughout her career, Yanira has demonstrated a unique ability to drive growth and efficiency. She has held key positions at leading technology firms, where she successfully led teams in the execution of complex projects. Her deep understanding of the industry and her dedication to fostering collaborative environments have consistently resulted in outstanding performance and customer satisfaction.

    At Encore Semi, Yanira is instrumental in shaping the company’s strategic direction and operational framework. She oversees the daily operations, ensuring that Encore Semi continues to deliver innovative solutions and exceptional service to its clients. Her commitment to excellence and her passion for technology drive her to continually seek out new opportunities for growth and improvement.

    Yanira holds a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Management from the University of Redlands. Her educational background, combined with her extensive industry experience, positions her as a leader who not only understands the technical aspects of semiconductor design but also the strategic and operational elements necessary for success.

  • Sri Ram
    Director of Recruiting

    Sri is a distinguished executive in the semiconductor industry, serving as a key leader with over a decade of experience in full cycle engineering recruitment and client engagement. His engineering background and exceptional recruiting skills have made him indispensable, seamlessly connecting top talent with our engineering partners.

    Sri has a wealth of experience in managing and leading recruiting teams, ensuring alignment with the company’s strategic goals. Under his collaborative and motivating leadership, these teams consistently deliver high-caliber engineers to meet the demanding needs of the semiconductor industry.

Encore Semi enhances and extends our customers' expertise and resources, delivering exceptional value to their most challenging projects. By assigning engineers from our Centers of Expertise, we help clients overcome roadmap challenges through acceleration, performance improvement, and risk mitigation. In addition to our talented engineers, customers benefit from our Centers of Expertise, which offer access to internally-developed productivity tools that significantly boost development efforts, quality, and performance.
Work with us

Encore Semi is a dynamic engineering community led by experienced and passionate industry leaders. Our teams bring years of expertise in the most advanced technologies and markets, making a significant impact on our customers' projects. Clients appreciate our adaptability and the tangible results we deliver.

We value and reward expertise, collaboration, entrepreneurship, continuous learning, a constructive attitude, and, above all, the enthusiasm to make a difference. If you're excited by the opportunity to work on a variety of projects and technologies, join us! Explore our job opportunities and become part of our innovative team.

Career Evolution

At Encore Semi, you'll have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge designs, methodologies, and tools within challenging and exciting advanced projects alongside industry-leading teams.

Your career can evolve in various directions based on your abilities, performance, and personal motivations. You'll sharpen your expertise, leverage your technical skills to tackle exciting challenges, be rewarded for your unique contributions, and gain industry visibility.


Results Driven

  • We work with top-tier projects and engineers to reduce risks and ensure the fastest time to market.

Problem Solving

  • Beyond collaborating on customer projects, we pride ourselves on being problem-solvers. Our highly skilled team excels at thinking outside the box.

Reward Impact

  • Our team members often go above and beyond to make a positive impact on customer projects. We value employees who are good team players, demonstrate initiative, and possess creative thinking and a strong problem-solving attitude.

Grow Together

  • At Encore Semi, when the company succeeds, everyone benefits. We have numerous initiatives to foster knowledge sharing, learning, and growth among our engineers, allowing them to excel and grow together.

Great People!

  • We work with exceptional people. Our engineers possess outstanding skillsets, applying their expertise while continually learning and growing. Our customers value our partnership and trust our teams, and our dedicated administrative team ensures seamless support and collaboration.

Encore Semi, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetics, ancestry, marital or civil union status, medical condition, disability, military and veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or any other characteristic protected by law. We adhere to all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status. Our management team is dedicated to ensuring these principles are upheld in recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and overall treatment during employment.


Health Benefits

  • Medical: We offer a variety of national medical plans. Employees also have access to voluntary Gap Insurance, HSA (for qualifying plans), and FSA to cover co-pays, deductibles, and other out-of-pocket medical expenses.
  • Dental: Our dental plans include allowances for out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Vision: Our vision plan includes allowances for out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Life & Disability Insurance: We provide basic life, AD&D, and long-term disability insurance at no cost to employees. Additionally, employees have access to voluntary ancillary products such as supplemental medical and life insurance, and additional long-term or short-term disability insurance.

Retirement Plan

We understand the importance of planning for the future, offering 401(k) retirement plans with both Traditional and Roth accounts.

Paid Time Off

We offer 15 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) to provide employees flexibility for planned and unplanned absences. Employees can earn additional PTO days with tenure. Additionally, we offer 10 holidays per year.

Employee Recognition

We highly value and reward our employees through various programs:

  • Employee Referral Program: We trust our team and value their networks. Our Referral Program rewards employees for successful contributions to team growth.
  • Pipeline Incentive Program (PIP): This program rewards employees for their successful contributions to the company's growth.
  • VAST Initiative: We give employees the opportunity to develop value-added solutions and tools or engage in activities that can create value for Encore Semi.

Educational Support

We believe that education is key to success. We provide allowances to cover the cost of employee education, including tuition, books, and supplies. We also encourage our employees to attend industry events and conferences to stay updated with the latest trends and developments.

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