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Cosmic Circuits is gaining traction

Posted: 23 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:startup? IP core? power management? K.C. Krishnadas?

In the 15 months since its founding, startup Cosmic Circuits Pvt. Ltd has gained traction, having developed IP cores for multiple fabs and taped out four test chips. The firm, based in Bangalore, India, has developed power management blocks including battery charger, low drop out (LDO) regulators, precision reference circuits, switching converters and charge pumps.

Cosmic developed power management circuits and data converters for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd and Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd as well as a silicon oscillator for Fujitsu.

Three of the four test chips taped out were 130nm chips belonging to Cosmic's Power-on-SoC family of power management circuits and general purpose family of data converters and reference generators. The fourth test chip was a silicon oscillator at 0.35m.

A 90nm test chip with a 10bit, 1MSps data converter and LDO regulator designed for IBM common platform technology will be taped out next month, said Ganapathy Subramaniam, Cosmic's chief executive. Current plans call for another four test chips to be taped out by the end of the year, including two 90nm and one 65nm chips that include analog front end for communication devices and power management circuits.

Cosmic has licensed IP to five customers in the Japan, Taiwan and the U.S. and hopes to sign on 10 more customers by the end of the year. The company sees good prospects, having developed all the IP blocks to integrate power management components into SoCs at 130nm. These blocks include battery charger, back-up battery charger, white LED drivers, LDO regulators to supply sensitive analog and RF blocks, efficient switching converters and precision references.

"All our customers are in the revenue range of $300 million to $2 billion, and we expect to sign more customers of this size," Subramaniam said, adding that the company may raise venture funding early next year to fund further growth.

- K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times

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