Intel doubles down on analog IP from digital tools

December 13, 2018 // By Peter Clarke
Movellus Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), a startup that uses digital design and verification tools to implement analog circuits, has announced a second round of funding from Intel Capital.

The amount invested in Movellus was not disclosed but the company said it would use the money to expand its portfolio of automatically generated analog IP. Movellus was one of 12 companies to benefit from a $72 million hand out from Intel Capital in the first round (see Intel Capital steers focus back towards silicon ). Movellus was founded in 2014 and has designed PLLs, DLLs and LDOs for use in semiconductor and system designs at advanced process nodes.

Customers of Movellus include AI chip developer Mythic Inc. (Austin, Texas) (see Startup launches analog IP from digital tools ). The company has other customers in the networking, and FPGA segments.

"We appreciate Intel’s continuing belief and investment in Movellus' efforts, as we shift custom analog IP design to automated digital implementation,” said Mo Faisal, CEO of Movellus, in a statement. "Our collaboration with Intel Capital over the last couple of years has already accelerated our results in refining our unique technology and expanding our portfolio of silicon-proven IPs."

By automatically implementing traditionally custom analog IP using digital tools and standard cells, Movellus is able to deliver the same performance results with lower power consumption and a smaller footprint. Additionally, the generated IP is process-portable, customizable, and can be delivered sooner.

"Digital design tools have provided years of improved productivity for SOC designers. Movellus takes advantage of those advances by using digital tools to automate analog design," said Wendell Brooks, president of Intel Capital, in the same statement.

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