Delivering Complex IC Designs since 2002

Sondrel is a unique and trusted provider of high quality IC designs across multiple end markets. We offer our clients a turnkey service from system to silicon supply.  Our designs have appeared in hundreds of leading-edge products including those of the market leaders in mobile phones, cameras, security systems, AR/VR systems, many more.

Founded in 2002 by CEO Graham Curren as a specialist IC design consultancy, today Sondrel provides both design consultancy and an end-to-end silicon solution from architecture and design through production and supply chain to the delivery of fully packaged and tested chips. 

Operating from our design centres in UK, France, Morocco, China and India, with sales offices in Israel and the USA, our clients engage with us to create power efficient, highly performant products. Our success is based on delivering on our clients' requirements using our knowledge of how to get the most out of silicon and get it to market reliably, on time and at the right price.

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Explore the profiles of our Executive Team

Nigel Vaughan


Nigel has 30 years' experience at Board level in innovative businesses (UK plc, US multinational, investor backed enterprises & German Group). He has performed company turnarounds, acquisitions and change management to maximise shareholder value.

Nigel's hands-on approach and team-development skills ensure rapid contribution to new and complex situations. His extensive investor experience in both institutional (Venture Capital) and private investor (Business Angel) communities contribute to the wealth of experience he brings to Sondrel.

Nigel advises the boards of a number of other successful companies. He also assists high-growth-potential new ventures to optimise their strategy and secure investment.

Graham Curren


Graham founded Sondrel in 2002, after identifying a gap in the market for an international company specialising in complex digital IC design. He graduated in Electronic Engineering from Leeds University and spent the early part of his career working in ASIC design, and later for an ASIC manufacturer before joining the EDA company Avant!, where he rose to manage the technical and marketing teams across EMEA supporting products across the whole range of IC design.

In 2009 Sondrel won the Queen's Award for Enterprise, and in 2010 Graham accompanied the then prime minster, David Cameron, in his business delegation to China. In 2011 Graham became a non-executive director of the China-Britain Business Council, playing an active part in CBBC and UK government activities, supporting technology initiatives including speaking at events and hosting inward delegations from China.

Graham has extensive experience in the international high growth technology business arena and has been involved in the acquisition and integration of more than 15 technology companies. Graham Curren is regularly asked to judge industry awards such as the prestigious Elektra and BrightSparks Awards in the UK.

Kevin Steptoe

Chief Technical Officer, Professor and C.Eng. MIET C

Over the last 40 years Kevin has been key to the start and success of some of the most prominent names in IC design and specifically Electronic Design Automation (EDA): Cadence Design Systems, Chronologic Simulation, Avant! and Magma Design Automation (now Synopsys). He has held a variety of general management and engineering executive roles in these organisations including product development, sales, marketing and application engineering management.

Kevin has considerable international experience in managing customer and large sales and engineering service support teams across geographies including Japan, Korea, China, India, and the USA. Kevin is the Chief Technical Officer at Sondrel and is a Royal Academy of Engineering visiting professor at the University of York and the Chairman of Board at ngenics Ltd.

Joe Lopez

Chief Financial Officer

Joe has been a senior finance professional for 20 years within international multi-site operating environments holding a range of executive positions in European companies. This includes over 12 years’ experience as a Chief Financial Officer, ranging from start-ups to corporate multi nationals where he is highly regarded for establishing sustainable value by forming effective business partnerships in high growth environments.

Joe brings relevant experience from the technology, service and manufacturing industries in strategic planning and growth management. Joe is highly regarded for his ability to build strong foundations for sustainable growth through a combination of change management, customer focus and team development.

Richard Ord

VP, Business Development

Richard has over 30 years’ experience working at senior level in the semiconductor industry. In recent years he was engaged by Innovate UK’s Energy Systems Catapult to develop their international strategy, initiating programmes in India and South Africa tackling the challenge of changing transport energy policy in Bangalore to reduce air pollution, and leveraging renewable energy to reduce the frequency of energy black-outs and load shedding.

Earlier in his career he held senior roles in the semiconductor industry, from the emergence of the mobile communications. At VLSI Technology, he led the development of the industry’s first digital GSM “2G” chipset, providing Samsung with the reference platform to build their first GSM phone, and creating a business of $350m p.a., leading to an acquisition by Philips Semiconductors. At Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) he ran the Bluetooth and audio semiconductor businesses, now a part of Qualcomm.

Richard began his career at Texas Instruments, and has a MA Honours Degree in Engineering from Pembroke College, Cambridge.


Sondrel was founded in the UK 2002.  We have grown year on year and now  have an international network of design centres. 

Sondrel Theale, UK 
Sondrel Xi'an, China
Sondrel Rabat, Morocco
Sondrel Rabat, Morocco
Sondrel Hyderabad, India
Sondrel Kings Langley, UK

"We are very happy with your engineers and want to build a long-term cooperation"

Consumer Electronics SOC company, China 

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