Solving Your Engineering Resource Challenges

Outsourcing a design project, or aspects of one, will allow your company to focus its resources on the core value-creating competencies that maintain your market advantage. 

Since 2002, Sondrel has been providing engineering teams to support client projects. We help clients find the expertise they need in a highly efficient and cost-effective way. Our engineers integrate quickly and tightly with client infrastructure  and are managed daily to ensure optimal outcomes. This saves the time and costs associated with hiring individual contractors and the overheads of office space and IT equipment as well as the risks of poor performance within your team. Sondrel can quickly assign resources, even in regions where  there is a scarcity of local expertise or affordable engineering resource. 

Engaging with Sondrel reduces resourcing risks and positively improves the quality of your engineering output. 

  • Our engineers have an average 15 years’ industry experience each, with expertise accrued over multiple projects, technologies and application areas, including at the 7nm node range;  
  • Sondrel’s design centre locations are selected for skill levels, affordability and scalability; 
  • Our program managers can quickly create a team ideally suited to your requirements, schedule and budget;
  • Our engineers integrate smoothly with customer teams, using tried and tested communicating and reporting processes. 

You can download a datasheet explaining the benefits our Offshore Design Centre model.

Engineering Scope

15 years ago, Sondrel specialised in providing expert RTL2GDS engineering support. Today, as well as continuing to supply experienced engineers in this specialism, our capabilities and expertise now cover a much broader range of digital design skills. Underpinning our engineering is a deep technical understanding of advanced processes and design techniques, enabling us to produce designs with the highest combination of power efficiency and performance.

From architecture to production silicon our engineers include architects, designers, verification and DfT experts, packaging specialists and embedded software engineers.

Phase 1

Concept

  • Market Requirements
  • & Specifications

Phase 2

Planning

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Project Management Plan
  • HW/SW Architecture Design
  • Engineering Specs.
  • Source IP
  • Foundry Choice

Phase 3

Execution

  • RTL Design
  • Verification
  • DfT
  • Physical Design
  • Design Environment
  • Packaging Design
  • Software Development
  • Tapeout to Fab.

Phase 4

Industrialisation

  • HW/SW Bring-up
  • Design Validation
  • Performance Characterisation
  • Industrialisation (PE/TE)

Phase 5

Product & Delivery

Foundries: TSMC, GF, TowerJazz, UMC, SMIC, STMicro

  • Mass Production
  • Quality / Yield
  • Logistics
  • Customer Satisfaction

Sondrel Design Centres

Sondrel operates from design centres in the UK, France, Morocco, India and China. These are multi-room secure facilities with an IT infrastructure, providing the best environment for our customers and engineers to deliver successful projects and specific consultancy tasks.

You can find location details of our design centre on the 'contact us' page here >

We are independently audited to certify to the internationally recognised ISO 27001 Information Security Management Standard by the British Assessment Bureau. The certification assures our clients and staff alike that we are actively committed to the security of confidential information and have processes in place to minimise data security risks.

Each client engagement has the commercial, project management and technical leadership in place to ensure that communication channels are clear, focused and efficient.
We'll do the bulk of the project work in our design centres, though kick-off meetings, tape-outs and key project phases may require our engineers to attend the client's site.
Design Centre in Theale, UK
Design Centre in Theale, UK

Embedded Software Services

The quality, flexibility and implementation of your embedded software is a vital differentiator for your SoC design. 

Sondrel’s software team includes device driver and virtual platform developers, providing embedded software expertise to support complex design projects. Strict coding standards and best practices in coding are applied. Sondrel also shares source trees and internal review systems to aid customer transparency.

Our advanced skill-set includes architectural design, debug for multi-CPU, multi-threaded systems, software optimisation skills for tuning task priorities and performance, and functional stress testing to evaluate effects of latencies and bandwidth. 

Design and Verification Expertise

Sondrel’s expertise covers specification development, RTL design, functional verification and DfT structures creation, insertion and pattern generation. These can all be offered as within a fixed price project model or for client team augmentation. Customers can request support for each or all of these tasks.

Our engineers operate from remote and secure design centres using an engagement manager, technical team lead and follow well-defined communication and execution practices.

We support clients with both functional and static verification. Functional verification is based on C test cases running in a UVM environment with QVIP based and assertion checks. Where a customer is using e/eRM this is also supported, and a porting service is available should the customer wish to migrate their environment across to SV/UVM.

Physical Implementation & DfT

Sondrel’s experience in delivering successful tape-outs on large scale advanced node projects goes back 15 years and on more than 100 projects. We work with world-leading technology companies to deliver challenging specifications that push the design boundaries of power, performance and area.

2018 has seen a sharp rise in demand for <10nm projects. Sondrel has multiple engagement teams working at such nodes and dealing with complex layout and timing challenges as well as implementing IPs yet to be tested on silicon.

Top level or block level, fixed price (including CAD tools, design flow and IT infrastructure) or team augmentation, we can support your RTL2GDSII requirements with a technically excellent team of engineers. Teams can include specialist DfT engineers able to create optimised test strategies to meet customer test coverage targets in the most efficient way.

Find Examples of Our Work in the Case Study Section