AST SpaceMobile selects EnSilica to support development of advanced cellular ASIC chip

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EnSilica, a provider of mixed-signal custom application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), has been selected by AST SpaceMobile to develop next generation ASICs for use in its planned space-based cellular broadband network.

AST SpaceMobile is building the only global cellular broadband network in space to operate directly with standard, unmodified mobile devices with the aim of eliminating the connectivity gaps faced by today’s 5 billion mobile subscribers moving in and out of coverage, and bringing cellular broadband to the world’s population that remains unconnected.

EnSilica is a supplier of custom ASICs covering advanced communication systems and has expertise in both design and product engineering gained from its applications across the automotive and industrial industries and has the capabilities to meet the high reliability and harsh environmental requirements of space applications.

“We are delighted to be working alongside AST SpaceMobile to help deliver their mission. The provision of global coverage from a low Earth orbit satellite constellation is not only highly innovative, but aims to change the lives of billions of people all over the planet, and we are very pleased to be a part of it,” said Ian Lankshear, CEO of Ensilica.

EnSilica has been selected to deliver a next-generation ASIC with state-of-the-art performance and power efficiency to maximise the unique capabilities of AST's network. The ASIC will be a key communications component of the spacecraft electronics payload for AST SpaceMobile.

“AST SpaceMobile’s decision to select EnSilica was based on their advanced digital signal processing and RFIC work, enabling them to deliver the innovative architecture to meet our requirements for our next generation semi-conductor,” said Dr. Huiwen Yao, CTO of AST SpaceMobile.