EnSilica opens RF Design Centre near Oxford

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EnSilica, the independent provider of semiconductor solutions and IP, is expanding its network of specialist design centres with the establishment of a new facility near Oxford (UK) focusing on RF and low power sensing applications.

The new design centre will be headed up by Alan Wong, formerly the IC Design Director at Frontier Microsystems, who joins EnSilica with immediate effect as Director of RF IC Design. Wong will be bringing with him a design team with considerable experience in ultra-low power RF and sensor interfaces, which will significantly extend EnSilica’s skills-base in addressing the needs of wireless connected IoT and wearable products.

“With their expertise covering Bluetooth low energy (BLE), near field communications (NFC) and other proprietary technologies, we are extremely pleased to welcome Alan Wong and his team to EnSilica,” said Ian Lankshear, CEO of EnSilica. “The team has a proven track record of successfully delivering low power wireless SoCs and IPs for wireless personal area networks (WPAN), digital broadcast, medical bio-telemetry and other consumer applications.”

The establishment of the new RF and sensing design centre means that EnSilica’s now has four design centres. The new facility complements the company’s existing headquarters design facility in Wokingham (UK), its specialist analogue and mixed-signal IC design centre in Bristol (UK) and the specialist design and functional verification capabilities it operates in Bangalore (India).

“The opening of this new design centre is a significant step forward in the ongoing development of our semiconductor design and supply business. It perfectly complements and further extends our existing end-to-end ASIC design capabilities, including systems design, mixed-signal and digital design, embedded software, and operations, to provide us with flexible and scalable RF and sensing design expertise for IoT projects requiring custom ASIC development,” concluded Ian Lankshear.

Photo caption: EnSilica’s RF and low power sensing design team with Ian Lankshear, EnSilica’s CEO (centre, front row) and Alan Wong, EnSilica’s new Director of RF IC Design (third from left, front row)