In the fast-paced and interconnected world, technology plays a pivotal role in shaping industries and driving success towards new horizons. At the helm of empowering these advancements is DXCorr Hardware Technologies, a company that understands the ever-increasing demands placed on hardware to meet the evolving needs of businesses across various sectors.
With its deep expertise and commitment to excellence, DXCorr is at the forefront of developing advanced hardware technologies that propel their clients towards enhanced productivity and competitiveness.
DXCorr’s arsenal encompasses a wide array of products, catering to diverse industries such as data centers, telecommunications, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and more. From high-performance processors and memory modules to state-of-the-art networking equipment and storage solutions, DXCorr offers a complete ecosystem of hardware components designed to optimize performance and accelerate growth.
What sets DXCorr apart is its unwavering dedication to innovation, demonstrated by its continuing investment in research and development, collaboration with industry experts and leveraging of the latest advancements in technology to push the boundaries of what’s possible.
Nirmalya Ghosh, the CEO of DXCorr, shares, “Our relentless pursuit of innovation enables us to deliver products that are not only cutting-edge but also highly reliable, secure, and energy-efficient, providing our customers with a competitive edge in their respective markets.”
Let’s embark on a journey of technological advancement and transformation and experience the power—of DXCorr Hardware Technologies—revolutionizing industries, empowering businesses, and unlocking new possibilities in the digital age.
Today, chips are LEGO creations instead of the feats of innovation they once were. And when IPs are designed to work for any chip, they’re not optimized for the exact requirements of your specific chip.
DXCorr is keeping the flame of creativity and innovation alive. Nirmalya states, “At a time when physical design is primarily based on standard foundry IPs, we design deep submicron integrated circuits and full custom VLSI analog and digital circuits at the extreme edge of performance, density, and power efficiency for leaders in every industry — including foundational IPs and standard cells that the majority of physical design firms use.”
DXCorr was established in 2006 in Sunnyvale, USA, to bring together the best facets of hardware design and software development, thus expediting chip design and silicon delivery.
Their inspiration comes from the need for change or the need to refresh the technology of the future. The technological advancements in mobiles, tablets, smartwatches and other similar devices in the first decade of the 21st century gave prominence to ASIC designs. A prerequisite to this increasing complexity is critically optimizing each processor core in an SoC (System-On-Chip) to meet the power, performance, area (PPA), yield, and application-specific cost goal.
It is necessitated by the typical requirement from a client in the VLSI universe – the need to provide the best possible PPAL (Power, Performance, Area and Leakage – global metrics of Semiconductor Design) in the shortest time frame. This is the sweet spot all design houses try to achieve during project execution, and DXCorr overcomes this constant challenge for every project with utmost efficiency. Thanks to its battle-tested core of domain experts and its enviable suite of in-house tools, successful projects are delivered on time and with top-notch quality.
The Principle of Self-Reliance
The need for self-reliance led to the establishment of DXCorr and continues to guide the firm to date. DXCorr aims to develop a model product portfolio that will serve as an industry benchmark for years to come.
DXCorr develops driving-edge physical IP arrangements in cutting-edge process technologies for various SoC designs incorporating complex memory IP-SRAMs, CAMs, Multiports, memory subsystems, and standard cells.
DXCorr works on the latest low-power processes nodes such as 7nm and 14nm finFET, 22nm and 12 nm FDSOI, and 28nm and 40nm process design kits. DXCorr elegantly resolves the conflict in concurrent read and concurrent write operations in two-port SRAMs. Power-efficient, high-speed binary and ternary CAMs make its clients stand out in a market that craves faster networks and more efficient processors. Their extensive understanding of custom design allows DXCorr to significantly improve the performance of various custom logic and arithmetic functional blocks in multiple process nodes.
Nirmalya states that the semiconductor industry has been rapidly changing and expanding globally. The enormous demand for cutting-edge smart devices and related technological breakthroughs has been a major factor in this expansion. Semiconductors are currently used extensively throughout a wide range of industries, including Aerospace, Automotive, Clean Energy, Consumer Electronics, Transportation, and Defense.
Cutting-edge VLSI design is the company’s primary focus. While other businesses have only recently begun to tape out on the 5nm node, DXCorr had already started conducting fundamental research into SRAM compilers at the 2nm node years in advance, ensuring that the business has experience with novel technologies well before the time its clients began to consider them. Only a few engineering firms in the world, including DXCorr, could in 2023 claim to have years of experience on 5nm, which makes DXCorr unique in the sector. The others are IMEC, TSMC and ARM.
“We are the only firm in the world capable of implementing certain highly experimental techniques that will truly make the difference between a standard chip and one that defines the best-in-class for a given industry”, adds Nirmalya.
DXCorr has a diverse collection of different domains with dedicated analog, mixed-signal, memory, digital circuit, layout, RTL, and P&R experts. All its teams exhibit versatility regarding technical and project management capabilities.
DXCorr provides continuous training and development opportunities to its employees to hone their skills and attain maximum efficiency. The employees turn challenges into prospects every day through their passion, tenacity, and inventiveness. “To further push the edge of performance, we have developed a spectacular suite of in-house software that automates even the most unconventional logic verification without having to spend millions on testing it on actual silicon”, says Nirmalya.
Challenging the Conventional
Sagar Reddy, CTO at DXCorr, says, “There are no ‘holy cows’ in DXCorr’s philosophy. Every idea can and must be challenged. It is made possible due to a significant lack of hierarchy.”
Drawing from his extensive experience, Nirmalya shares his opinion on how adopting modern technologies like AI and ML impacts today’s semiconductor sector and how his organization is adapting to the change. He explains that DXCorr is constantly attempting to infuse its in-house tool development with the most practical aspects of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). These are two upcoming domains where the handshaking of hardware-software interplay has the potential to dramatically alter humanity’s course for the betterment.
The company has successfully built its analog portfolio, which includes high-bandwidth and high-speed SerDes in multiple nodes, analog subsystems such as GPIOs, DAC and ADC, along with associated circuitry for next-generation MRAM designs. The company’s main goal is to transfer all repetitive parts of chip development to computers, freeing up human brain space for future problems. With innovation and out-of-the-box thinking being the focus, DXCorr is poised to bring revolutionary changes to the industry.
Breaking the Barriers
The foremost challenge DXCorr faces is that as technology nodes shrink to less than 2nm, the need for lower supply and lower power design becomes paramount. Low-power design demands fresher approaches and architectural changes depending on the specifications of their clients.
Estimation of each factor, mainly power, depends on the number of elements in the design, the toggle frequency of each component, specific cells used, manufacturing variance, operating temperature etc.
“Power(P), Performance (P), Area(A), Leakage(L) is the first and foremost estimation that we budget during the very first phase of the project. As we get the estimations, multiple architectural topologies are analyzed to ensure comparisons between them,” he says. In fact, several low-power design techniques are used, such as multiple VDD, frequency and voltage scaling, clock gating, power gating etc. This method of exploration helps to analyze and characterize each Process Design Kit (PDK) depending on product specification requirements.
In his advice to budding professionals aspiring to venture into the semiconductor sector, Nirmalya says the facts and surveys show that there is a global scarcity in the semiconductor industry, which ultimately results in the industry’s long-term future security and its commitment to expand and be driven by the communications, data processing, and automotive sectors. The semiconductor business is in high demand due to the urgent need for Integrated Circuits (ICs) in all domains, ranging from Telecommunication to Defence. Therefore, it’s advisable to start a career in the semiconductor sector rather than choosing a conventional IT/Software role.
Today’s Intelligence; Tomorrow’s Ingenuity
On envisioning scaling of his company’s services and offerings, Nirmalya divulges that DXCorr also has other plans. To expedite SoC design delivery, the DXCorr Team continues to develop next-generation analog IPs and interfaces to optimize intra-chip and inter-chip communication.
DXCorr works with a bevy of clients in the industry, from many startups to top-notch clients such as Intel, Facebook, Global Foundries, Qualcomm, Boston Scientific, and Cisco. “It’s a privilege for us to successfully deliver and meet the cutting-edge specifications of each client. Our team focuses on every critical challenge and harnesses solutions for each roadblock that is encountered,” he says, adding that they were recognized and awarded by Siliconindia, Business Chiefs, GlobalBusiness Leader Mag and many more.
“Over a decade of cutting edge design resulting in almost 60+ full chip tape-outs, 100+ full custom physical IPs, 100000+ best in class chips containing our IPs sold,” he concludes.