July 27, 2018

Chipus Brings Ultra-Low-Power IP to SiFive’s DesignShare Ecosystem

SiFive, the leading provider of commercial RISC-V processor IP, today welcomed Chipus Microelectronics, a semiconductor company with proven expertise in the development of ultra-low-power (ULP), low-voltage, analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, to the growing DesignShare ecosystem. Through the partnership, Chipus will provide ULP IP for power management and ULP RF Front-Ends.

Chipus’ customizable technology will make it easier for SiFive customers to save power and extend battery life for IoT edge devices. Chipus also plans to add temperature sensors and switched regulators to the DesignShare program in the near future.

“Chipus is thrilled to partner up with SiFive to bring more chip design opportunities to reality, enabling innovation with our Ultra-Low-Power and simple-to-customize IP solutions,” said Murilo Pilon Pessatti, CEO and co-founder of Chipus. “Our mission, together with SiFive, is to enable innovation. With our expertise, Chipus looks forward to contributing to new IoT applications and edge devices.”

The availability of Chipus’ ULP IP through the DesignShare program shortens the time to market and removes common barriers to entry that have traditionally prevented smaller companies from developing custom silicon. Companies like SiFive, Chipus and other DesignShare partners provide low- or no-entry fee IP to emerging companies, minimizing the upfront engineering costs needed to bring a custom chip from design to realization.

“Startups today go through extensive processes, from sourcing viable IP to negotiating legal contracts, before they can even develop a prototype,” said Shafy Eltoukhy, vice president of operations and head of DesignShare for SiFive. “With Chipus joining our growing DesignShare economy, we continue to simplify the prototyping process and spur innovation across the industry.”

Since DesignShare launched in 2017, the program has grown to include a wide range of IP solutions, from complete ASIC solutions and trace technology to embedded memory and precision PLL.

About SiFive

SiFive is the leading provider of market-ready processor core IP based on the RISC-V instruction set architecture. Led by a team of industry veterans and founded by the inventors of RISC-V, SiFive helps SoC designers reduce time-to-market and realize cost savings with customized, open-architecture processor cores, and democratizes access to optimized silicon by enabling system designers to build customized RISC-V based semiconductors. SiFive is located in Silicon Valley and has venture backing from Sutter Hill Ventures, Spark Capital, Osage University Partners, Intel Capital and Chengwei Capital, along with strategic partners Huami, SK Telecom and Western Digital. For more information, visit www.sifive.com.

About Chipus Microelectronics

Chipus Microelectronics is a semiconductor company with proven expertise in the development of ultra-low-power, low-voltage, analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) and systems on chip (SoCs).

Relying on a strong experience in power management and data converters, the company has more than 200 IP mixed-signal blocks in process nodes from 40nm to 0.35um of various foundries. Since its foundation in 2008, Chipus has provided IC design services in leading edge technologies also, including down to 28nm and 10nm, with firm commitment and flexible client support to customers worldwide (USA and Americas, Europe, and Asia).

Headquartered in Florianópolis, Brazil, Chipus has a US subsidiary in Silicon Valley and sales team in Europe.


Stephanie Chan
SHIFT Communications for SiFive
(646) 756-3713