Silicon to Systems
23-11-2016 :: imec, kapeldreef 75, 3000 Leuven

Organizer: DSP Valley, imec and NMI

Following on from last years Silicon to Systems event, NMI have this year partnered with IMEC and DSP Valley to bring you the latest in how to develop low cost Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) for almost any application.

Many people are put off designing ASICs because they think it is too hard, too expensive or they do not have the skills. This conference aims to show you that an ASIC could be easier and less costly than you think. It will show there are a range of strategies that can be used to successfully implement an ASIC solution even in low to moderate volumes.

According to Phillip Christie of the Business Technology & Strategy Group at IMEC, “The continued falling cost of ASIC manufacturing is a message that really needs to get out. This message is especially important for start-ups and SMEs focussing on IoT markets, where more mature technologies have a strong role play. I think the conference on Easy Access ASICs will be a tremendous networking opportunity and an excellent way to gain access to the low-cost manufacturing infra-structure that is now in place.”

Patrick McNamee from the NMI continued “It seems that in semiconductors all the news in the last year or so has been about mergers and acquisitions. However our members are telling us that there is a real and growing demand from SME’s to enable them to get into ASIC for a whole range applications including IOT, medical and automotive sectors this conference should demonstrate several ways this can be achieved at low cost.”

Who should attend

Mangers and senior managers who are interested in developing an ASIC for a new application or maybe looking at a cost reduction path from existing PCB or FPGA solutions.


08:30 Registration  

09:00 Welcome & Introduction – NMI & DSPvalley

Session 1

Keynote 1: Low Cost ASICs – IMEC

Keynote 2: Foundry Choices – TSMC

10:10 BREAK

Session 2 : Design Tools and I/P Choices     

  • Low Cost EDA – Shared EDA
  • EDA 2 – EDA Solutions
  • What I/P – Dolphin Integration
  • What I/P – ARM

12:05 LUNCH 

Session 3: Package, Test and Turnkey Choices

  • Package and Package Design Choices – ASE Europe
  • Test and Test Development – Presto Engineering
  • Turnkey Approach – Sondrel

14:20 BREAK

Session 4: Real World Case Studies

  • Case Study 1 - EnSilica
  • Case Study 2 - IC Sense
  • Case Study 3 - AnSem 



NMI Members, DSPvalley Members and imec IC-Link Design & IP Partners – Free to Attend
Non-Members – €160

Register here


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