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EnSilica boosts SoC design and supply services with two senior-level appointments

David Tester, EnSilica’s newly appointed Director of SoC Architecture
David Tester, EnSilica’s newly appointed Director of SoC Architecture
Patrick McNamee, EnSilica’s newly appointed Director of Silicon Operations
Patrick McNamee, EnSilica’s newly appointed Director of Silicon Operations

Wokingham, UK – 14th August 2017. EnSilica, a leading independent provider of semiconductor solutions and IP, has announced two senior-level appointments designed to significantly boost its rapidly expanding full System-on-Chip (SoC) services as the company continues to expand its base of customers seeking complex, full-service custom analog and mixed-signal chip design and supply. EnSilica has appointed David Tester to the newly created position of Director of SoC Architecture and Patrick McNamee to the newly created position of Director of Silicon Operations.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome David and Patrick to EnSilica,” said Ian Lankshear, CEO of EnSilica. “They bring with them a wealth of expertise and experience in their respective disciplines that will further underpin our rapidly expanding custom SoC design and supply services.”

EnSilica offers a comprehensive, turn-key SoC design and supply service from chip specification through to design and volume IC production with a special emphasis on analog/mixed-signal and RF requirements. EnSilica’s proven design methodology, optimized for the primary design challenges including RF integration, smart sensor integration, low power and on chip security, ensures that projects are delivered on-time and include active engagement with our customers throughout the design process. To follow this through, EnSilica provides a complete chip production and logistics service from GDSII tape-out to volume production, inventory management and delivery.

David Tester, Director of SoC Architecture: During the last 20 years, David has led the development of over ten complex SoC products and participated in the development of over 20 semiconductor products for the GPS / GNSS, cordless phone, cell phone, DVB and DVD digital TV, TETRA, WiFi, PC and NFC markets. His high volume, standard product background crosses every level from system architecture to digital and analog silicon development. Over the past ten years, he has gained considerable experience leading product developments for start-up’s including Air, Ultrahaptics, Symbionics, UltraSOC and Thalia. Previously he was with Rockwell Semiconductor, Dialog and LSI Logic. David has 18 granted patents and is an IET Fellow and Chartered Engineer.

Patrick McNamee, Director of Silicon Operations: Patrick has over 30 years’ senior management experience gained from a range of start-up and multinational technology companies including CSR, Dialog Semiconductor and National Semiconductor. More recently, he has been working with a series of small start-ups enabling them to get products launched in a timely and cost-efficient manner. Patrick has a broad range of technical skills relating to the manufacture and reliability of semiconductors. In his career, he has worked successfully on significant product and technical projects with customers that include nearly all the household names in consumer and automotive electronics in locations throughout Europe, Asia and the USA.

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About EnSilica

EnSilica was founded in 2001 and has a strong track record of success in delivering low power ASIC-based solutions with a focus on RF/Radio, Smart Sensing and/or Encryption/Security integration technology to OEM’s and semiconductor companies worldwide. The company’s headquarters are in the UK where it has three design offices as well as subsidiaries in Bangalore, India and Santa Clara, USA. In addition to providing turnkey ASIC development and supply chain services, EnSilica also provides point services to companies with in-house ASIC design teams covering system engineering, analog and RF design, and advanced verification using UVM, DFT and physical implementation. EnSilica also offers a highly successful portfolio of eSi-IP which comprises its eSi-RISC highly configurable and low power 16/32 bit embedded processors, eSi-Comms range of communications IP, eSi-ADAS automotive radar co-process IP, eSi-Connect range of processor peripherals and eSi-Crypto encryption IP. For further information about EnSilica, visit

Source: EnSilica