A High-Speed Serial Link Interface IP Solution provider
As mentioned above, Terminus Circuits offers high-speed serial link Interface IPs and provides interconnect solutions across many standards of USB.org, PCIe-SIG, IEEE, MIPI Alliance, SATA, etc. These Transceiver PHYs are an integral part of today’s HPC (High-Performance Computing) system providing the interconnect solutions that scale bandwidth and deliver end-to-end signal integrity in next-generation platforms. These robust interface IPs are available in different foundry nodes and in the broad spectrum of process technologies.
The current flagship IPs of Terminus Circuits includes:
- PCIe Gen4/3/2/1 (up to 16Gbps per lane)
- USB 3.2 Gen2x2/2×1/1×1 (Supporting up to 20Gbps)
- MIPI MPHY Gear 4/3/2/1 (Dual lane with 11.66 Gbps per lane)
- Multi-Lane Multi-Protocol SerDes (Supporting up to 16Gbps per lane)
These robust interface IPs offer low power, small form factor, low latency and are available across the top three foundry nodes and technology flavors. The architecture for these IPs is modular and scalable to meet the requirements of new generation SOCs ( System On Chip), ASICs ( Application Specific Integrated Circuits), NOCs ( Network On Chip) for high-performance computing.
Terminus Circuits solutions are targeted for enterprise market segments like:
• Artificial Intelligence (AI)
• Machine Learning (ML)
• Deep Learning (DL)
• High-Performance Computing (HPC)
The oil based economy is being shifted to data based economy and the countries are valued by the comprehensive strength in its computing power, data analytics and digital storage capacity.
Data will play a key role in adopting a focused approach for good governance of the country with centralized data storage, computing power coupled with faster access to any part of the country.
The infrastructure of India data systems in India will be put to a test in the coming years that can fuel the growth rate to reach the ambitious goal of $5 trilion economy in the next 5 years. The computing power, Network and the storage are the critical ingredients on which the new Indian economy will rest. Data needs to play a larger and larger role in the daily decision-making process of the government as it will make governance more informed and localized.
With India moving towards Digital India, there are segments where Terminus Circuits can play a crucial role in strengthening the computing power, in adding the better digital storage systems and in connecting the servers, by offering its interface IPs for
• Digital India Program
• 5G platform building.
• National Supercomputing Mission (NSM)
• Smart City & Smart Grid
Terminus Circuit Solution also cater to consumer/industrial segments where high data rate transfers are required like storage, video streaming, etc. by its USB/MIPI interface protocols.
Defense and Aerospace is another key domain that requires a fast interface, Terminus Circuits plays a critical role in this segment for India.
Terminus Circuits high throuput IPs can absorb the overhead of software encryptions without much compromising on the throughput. Our NOC can be programmed through resource allocation for a given application which can isolate each application running simultaneousely on the cloud/edge computing system, which can be a security solution through hardware isolation for a given user application.
Terminus Circuits engineering team brings many years of industry experience in building IP cores and offers turn key designs for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s).
THE INDISPENSABLE CLIENTELE
In this new era of data-centric systems, the key components in building HPC (High-Performance Computing) systems and in data storage and throughput, their High-speed serial link products are critical in the NOC ( Network_On_Chip), SSD ( Solid State Drive) storage systems and edge computing systems.
In today’s Industrial 4.0 revolution, technology is changing very rapidly. There is a great emphasis being given to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. They know these two technologies will revolutionize several domains.
Moving to wireless, the adoption of 5G is growing and due to its capability of high data rate transfers, HPC Systems, ADAS (Advanced driver assistance system), Autonomous driving, IIOT, UAVs and several other segments will be the parts of the used case of Terminus Circuits solutions.
Their clients are the companies that are working on the development of SoC (System-on-chip) or ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) for the above-stated markets.
THE KNOT OF TRUST
Terminus Circuits has been in the market since 2010, the company has done 6 tape outs ( with 14 of their unique IPs) in different technology nodes ranging from 65nm to 28nm and with all the three top foundries like TSMC, GF & Samsung. The company always chases the standards to keep abreast with the latest trends. This helps to gain customer confidence. Also, Terminus offers interface IP for different markets like enterprise, consumer, industrial IOT, etc. With several man years of experience within the company added with successful licensing of several IPs provides a big boost to gain the faith of their customers.
SYMPHONY WITH THE MARKET TRENDS
Terminus Circuits participates in several standards body meetings. This provides insight into the company as to what new developments are going to happen in different standards. At the same time, they follow other standards to have to anticipate the new vistas that are opening up for the industry.
As the new requirements surface with the changing scenarios of use cases, they offer tailor-made solution/customization for the enterprise market.
Also, the company participates in trade shows across the world showcasing its solution to the global technical community. This helps to understand customer mindset and the requirements or interfaces they plan to use more often.
FUTURE FOR ENTREPRENEURS
The futuristic and niche products they are in, there is no dearth of possibilities to rely on for future entrepreneurs as they see the ever-increasing demand for the data throughput, storage, and latency, especially for social media, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, driverless car application, weather forecasting, defense & aerospace applications. All the interface IPs have been in the double-digit year on year for the next 5 years as predicted by all major market research firms.
INITIATIVES OF PRESENT GOVERNMENT
The various initiatives taken by the present government like Digital India, Make in India, National SuperComputing Mission, 5G initiative are fueling the thought process of many individuals and startups. However, by nature, these are long gestation projects with heavy on initial investments for any big or small companies; by encouraging such initiatives in these companies may not be helpful unless they show or create the market for these products in India either to meet the government demands or by the protected market in B2C markets. If not the entrepreneurs may end up loosing or succumbing to the market or to the customer acquisition strategies by large players worldwide.
GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS AND MILESTONES
Terminus has twice won the ‘Most Innovative Product of the Year’ award by IESA (India Electronics Semiconductor Association) competing with 100+ companies in this field. These awards were given in 2013 for 10Gbps SerDes and in 2017 for PCI Express Gen 4 solution.
Terminus Circuits have made investments in few major milestones like 6 tape out, comprising of 14 of its complex IPs, these tape out were for different protocol standards like PCI Express, USB, MIPI, SerDes, etc. and in the process of silicon validations of these IPs. Whilst they are doing tape-outs in different technology nodes for different protocols, they also are able to win customers across the globe and provided or providing solutions; to name a few, the complete ASIC solution for platform building for exascale computing ( for German Customer), low latency system building ( For UK customer) for financial markets and use case applications of 5G( for Japanese customer).
In the interface IP world, the faster is the better is the mantra. Thus, the standard bodies are continuously working towards increasing the data throughout. An example PCI Express Gen4 was announce in Q4 of 2017, had a data rate of 16Gbps, This year PCIe-SIG the Standards body has come out with PCI Express Gen5 specifications, with double the data throughput compared to Gen4 i.e. 32Gbps and plans in place to go for PCIe-Gen6 with 64Gbps data rates per lane.
Thus, interface IP companies like Terminus Circuits have to keep working on newer generations to keep abreast with market needs in the premium market. The developed technologies so far will address the needs in the market adaption phase of these technologies in the segments with comparatively larger shelf-life.
The future of Terminus Circuits is bright as they have the right products that are required by the enterprise customers. Also, the company is there at the right time when the country is moving towards ‘Make-In-India.’ There are several opportunities that they have identified with the government sector like C-DAC, DRDO, Aerospace, ISRO, DOT etc. where their solutions could play a major role.