With product cycles shrinking globally, designing a System on Chip (SoC) is key to differentiating consumer products and experiences with chip-based features. Hence, a steady increase in the number of large companies (Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Tesla) designing their own chipsets. The most notable include Apple’s M1 Processor, which now resides on the latest iMacs and iPads and Tesla’s ‘Dojo’ chip to train AI networks in data centers.
Factors to Consider for Custom SoC development
No matter how advantageous the custom SoC equation might seem, companies opting for a custom SoC need to consider several factors that include – key differentiating features, the target market, its size and the market share, the production volume & the lifecycle of their products, the fabrication technology to adopt, cost to design and fabricate the custom SoCs, and the time to market.
Once the companies consider the macro factors, they also look at the growth opportunities that come along with designing their own SoCs:
With such factors and opportunities at play, many companies are increasingly moving towards adopting a twin strategy: using general purpose or stock SoCs for standardized software/features, and, using custom SoCs for integrating proprietary IPs and accelerators designed for specialized functions or to enhance performance and efficiency.
Apart from product differentiation needs, companies have been facing complex challenges that have further reiterated the need for adopting the custom SoC route. They include:
Apart from product differentiation needs, companies are also facing complex challenges that have accelerated the need for adopting custom SoC. Broadly speaking, the top challenges are:
Why partner with Quest Global?
We strive to be the most trusted partner for the world’s hardest engineering problems. We offer end-to-end silicon engineering services which include architecture design, logic/circuit design, physical design, verification & tape-out, production and even system realization.
We also partner with IP vendors, tool chain vendors and foundries that make designing and manufacturing custom SoCs at scale, faster, simpler and more cost-effective for our customers. While enabling you to differentiate your product experience with custom SoC-based features, we also help build long-term partnerships for our customers and vendors.
Our comprehensive expertise and offerings are further supported by system and software services. This allow us to own/support the critical downstream activities for silicon adoption such as custom tools, SDKs and getting the system software up which was previously provided by a SoC vendor.
Custom SoCs – Key Components
Custom SoC development requires a synergy between the product requirements and specifications, the system and software that goes into the product, the hardware capabilities, the tools to be utilized for the development and the supply chain involving the fabrication of custom SoC.
Quest Global is an E2E global product engineering services organization that brings together experts, technologies and industries, to help customers in custom SoC development – right from the requirement gathering and specifications, chip design, design and development of hardware and software, integration and end to end validation.
With 56 global delivery centers driven by 13,000+ extraordinary employees who make the impossible possible every day, Quest Global brings deep industry knowledge to deliver customized E2E product engineering services. Also, with our multi-dimensional approach and proven expertise in high performance computing, we can seamlessly deliver custom SoCs across domains, whether for a complex ADAS system for cars or an advanced safety system for trains, or even airplanes.
Stock SoCs are a commodity, as any company can use them and build their products. With custom SoCs, companies can also extend the differentiation into low-level hardware and create a competitive advantage and differentiation which are often limited to mostly the in-built software.
Quest Global customers accelerate innovation and deliver next-gen experiences by partnering with us for their custom SoC strategies and objectives. To know more about our Silicon Engineering and custom SoC services, reach out to us.