The History of SondrelThe History of Sondrel

Sondrel was founded in 2002, in the UK, and is a privately held company.  Today, with offices around the world, and design services delivering project execution from concept to validated silicon, Sondrel has grown both in terms of the number of employees, office locations, and the breadth of expertise it can supply to its clients.

In the early years, Sondrel added to its engineering team, opening offices in France, Italy and Israel, as their client base expanded. During this period our proprietary design methodology (Neon) and design build tool (Helium) was developed. In 2009, Sondrel was the winner of the Queen’s Award for Innovation, recognising the value of this methodology and flow development.

Graham Curren Awarded the Queen's Award by The Queen

2008 heralded the opening of Sondrel’s first entity in China, Sondrel (Xi’an) Ltd, with a design centre located in the ancient capital of Xi’an. Sondrel Shanghai Co Ltd followed in 2010, owing to the demand in China for IC design services. Sondrel CEO Graham Curren now sits on the board of the CBBC (China Britain Business Council), lending his expertise to the strengthening of the commercial relationship between the two countries.

In 2013, through a partnership with the University of Nottingham and Mentor Graphics, Sondrel embarked on an ambitious project to introduce an intense, industry post graduate training course in China. This course is based in Ningbo, China, with the hope and ambition of growing a future generation of IC designers in China. Sondrel continues to invest and support this course through providing scholarships and sponsoring a course lecturer; to date the course has seen over 100 successful students move on to take up positions in the design services sector.

Sondrel continues to grow and adapt to anticipate the needs of its clients, to the mutual benefit of both. A new Headquarters and design centre was opened in Reading, UK, in December 2013 and the Shanghai team moved to larger offices in the city to accommodate the growing number of engineers and support staff. Our offshore facilities continued to grow with a new Moroccan Design Centre opening in August 2015, and Sondrel moved to a larger new state of the art design centre in Xi’an in September 2015.

At the beginning of 2017 the Morocco design centre was enlarged, doubling the capacity. The aquisition of the IMGWorks business unit from Imagination Technologies in May has resulted in another significant expansion of both our engineering locations and numbers. 

Sondrel Headquarters Theale UK 

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