February 2017… Sondrel has announced the expansion of its world class design centre facilities in Morocco. The growth and consolidation of the front end team has extended its services to include design & verification for ASICs, and now FPGA designs. These new capabilities, coupled to the continued expansion of the physical design team has resulted in the necessity to invest in its infrastructure, creating additional client rooms.

Sondrel now has three design centres in Europe, providing a secure environment for each project engagement. A client room is an IS027001 compliant room (camera position, door interlock and access rules) dedicated to a particular customer and used only by that customer for the duration of the contract.

Graham Curren, Sondrel CEO commented, ‘2016 saw the growth and consolidation of our engineering team in Rabat. I have been delighted by the expertise and enthusiasm shown by the new team, and this is enabling the rapid expansion of the group and the service offerings. The access our clients now have to engineering teams at different cost points, and all in the GMT or EU time-zone has proved to be a compelling technical and commercial proposition’

The current demand for front end design resources continues to be a challenge within the industry. Paul Martin, Sondrel Director of Engineering for Front End Design, has been tasked with building the team. The numbers reflect his success, with the team now equal in number to that of the Sondrel Physical Implementation engineers, currently the largest Back End team in Europe.

‘As the team has expanded’, Paul Martin explained, ‘we have added to the breadth of expertise. The large scale automotive and aerospace sectors in Morocco have translated into a good resource pool of well qualified FGPA and ASIC engineers. From an initial team of ASIC functional verification engineers we have added RTL design expertise and now FPGA design and verification capabilities. The former ST engineers remain at the core of the team. With experienced leadership, having worked on all aspects of SoC and mixed signal ASIC design including architecture, SW development, RTL design and functional verification, they are well placed to manage project engagements in our Rabat design centre.

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Success through Partnership is the philosophy of Sondrel, one of the world’s leading system-to-silicon IC consultancies. For Sondrel, Partnership means sharing the responsibility to get a project done for the mutual benefit of all parties – customer, design house, foundries and tools & IP providers. Established in 2002, Sondrel has the largest and most experienced consulting team in Europe, with wide ranging expertise across all aspects of the design flow and all industry-standard EDA tool suits. The company’s capabilities cover the entire IC design spectrum from RTL design, though verification, emulation and DFT to physical implementation, and include power analysis and yield management. Sondrel is experienced in highly-complex digital, mixed signal, analogue, low power and wireless designs having completed over 250 designs at a range of process geometries down to 14nm, all of which were delivered right first time. With offices in EMEA and China Sondrel provides flexible services and methodology consulting to many of the world’s leading semiconductor companies, enabling them to improve chip performance and reduce timescales and costs.