Ensilica, a leading provider of custom ASIC design and supply services, has opened a new design facility in Sheffield.

The company designs and supplies ASICs for high-tech sectors, including for automotive, medical and satellite communications companies.

The company is a winner of the Queen’s Award for International Trade, has been ranked in the top five in the Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100, and has been named Company of the Year by the industry trade group TechWorks.

The new design centre is being established around a team of six experienced engineers. EnSilica is also announcing a recruitment drive to bring in semiconductor design engineers at both graduate and more-senior levels.

The new site adds to EnSilica’s existing headquarters and design facility near Oxford, and its design centres in Wokingham (Berkshire) and Cambridge. The company also has a specialist centre for functional verification and physical design capabilities based in Bangalore, India.

The Sheffield team’s background covers analogue, RF and digital design, gained at companies such as CML Microsystems, NXP and Jennic. The team has previously developed market-leading low-power wireless devices for consumer and industrial applications.

The Sheffield design centre will be headed by John Matthews, who said: “This is a great region and a great city that we feel will help us attract the best talent.

“Not only do we have a team in place that will foster a strong environment for growth and learning, with the Peaks and Moors on its doorstep, Sheffield gives staff here a great work life balance.”

EnSilica CEO, Ian Lankshear said: “We chose Sheffield as it has a great pedigree for innovation, with technology companies such as Arm already established in the area, and with its links to several first-class universities on the doorstep.”