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Startup gains funding for natural algorithms in analog design

Posted: 05 May 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Thalia Design Automation 

Thalia Design Automation has successfully finalised its first round of equity funding and is set to unveil the beta version of tools using natural algorithms for optimising and re-targeting designs. According to the company, the tools use algorithms borrowed from natural processes such as ant movements to optimise placement and routing in these designs.

This is traditionally regarded as a black art, needing highly skilled and scarce engineering resource, relatively long design cycles and often multiple design iterations to get to a production product, so using natural algorithms is a way to automate the design process further. Optimisations that typically took several days to weeks to complete can now be performed in a matter of hours, noted the company.

Analogue design methodology has remained unchanged for a long time, said founder and CEO Sowmyan Rajagopalan. I have seen the technical and time consuming efforts analogue designers have had to live with in order to design and optimise their circuits. Thalia's tools will enable users to meet more challenging design requirements within shorter time frames. Custom chip design companies will benefit from reduced design times, shortened redesign cycles, better performing parts and more effective use of scarce skilled design resource.

A further benefit is that the toolsets can be used to rapidly re-target existing designs to alternative silicon foundries for cost reduction and sourcing flexibility.

Thalia has completed its initial equity funding round with Mercia Fund Management and Finance Wales. In addition the company has secured grant support from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Welsh Government.

We are extremely pleased to have invested in a company that has developed solutions that not only address a technical challenge but also bring productivity gains for customers, said Everard Mascarenhas, investment manager at Mercia Fund Management. Thalia has developed a truly disruptive technology in a multi-billion dollar worldwide market where the incumbents grow and expand their offer through acquisition.

Thalia provides two suites of EDA design tools; AMALIA, an intelligent analogue design optimisation and automation toolset and EMERA, a unique power device optimiser, schematic and layout generator. As well as offering these tools on a time-based software license, Thalia will also offer a design optimisation service directly and through partners.

- Nick Flaherty
  EE Times Europe

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