SAN JOSE, Calif.—Movellus introduced itself earlier this year as a provider of software and IP innovations that expand digital design and verification tools to automatically implement functionality that has traditionally required months-long custom analog design. Because Movellus IP products are 100 percent digital, they are reported to accelerate time-to-market, reduce risk of failure, and enable portability to new process nodes.

Movellus also announced its flagship products, the Movellus PLL, DLL, and LDO Generators, after three years of product development.

“Semiconductor companies are facing aggressive schedules and increasing design complexity in advanced process nodes,” said Muhammad Faisal, founder, president, and CEO of Movellus, in a company release. “By expanding existing digital design tools to create functionality previously only achievable in analog design, Movellus dramatically improves efficiency and reduces development and verification time by months.”

“Movellus’s technology represents a true disruption in the semiconductor design industry,” said Jim Hogan, managing partner, Vista Ventures, in the release. “I invested in Movellus after watching Muhammad and his team cross the critical hurdle of proving their technology in silicon with customers.”

Movellus was founded in 2014 and is being driven by a team of technologists and semiconductor industry veterans. Faisal previously held positions at semiconductor companies such as Intel and PMC Sierra. He received his B.S. from the University of Waterloo, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He holds five patents.

Jeffrey Fredenburg, founder and engineering vice president, leads the technical development of Movellus’s analog generator technology with four patents. Fredenburg received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from University of Michigan.

Saeid Ghafouri, chief operating officer, has more than two decades of experience in the electronic design automation industry. He has held executive positions through the CEO level at CoWare, Magma Design Automation, interHDL, Synopsys, Silicon Architect, and Cadence. He holds two patents.

Movellus ( develops and markets technologies that enable digital design tools to automatically create and implement traditionally analog functionality. Movellus’s flagship products, the Movellus PLL, DLL, and LDO Generators, are said to deliver optimized, process-portable IP in hours. The company’s customers include semiconductor and systems companies in the artificial intelligence, networking, and field programmable grid array (FPGA) segments.

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