Continium Technologies is a fabless semiconductor company, which is offering design services for different kind of Integrated Circuit (IC) products (ASIC application specific integrated circuits, ASSP application specific standard products). Continium’s engineering team posses overall 150 men years of electronic circuit experience with world leading expertise in ADC (Analog to Digital converters), especially of broad band CTSD ADC (continuous-time Sigma-Delta converters). Members of Continium’s team participated in the design of the ever first commercially available CTSD converter, the ADC12EU050, as well as some smartphone products XMM71. Having long-time experience in Silicon proven CTSD ADC products gives us a very strong competitive advantage and reduces the development risk significantly. Continium’s world-class innovative chip-design differentiates us from giant companies whose strategy, to scale their existing IC products down (e.g 14nm – 7nm FinFET), makes it difficult for them to create innovation in this field and thus significantly reduce power consumption. Our team members, who have been cooperating for years, demonstrate market proven experience which is about to be used for another world-leading high-performance IC solution.
ADC/DAC analog IC designer
After his A-level (Matura) on gymnasium for mathematic talents in Pressburg (est. 1626) he studied electrical engineering at TU Ilmenau. Already during his diploma thesis in 1995 he designed his first ADC for UV sensor dosimeter. 1996, upon his Dipl-Ing./MSc graduation Richard started his post-graduate research study in the field of analog neuromorphic auditory VLSI systems and implemented different CMOS version of spiking neurons. In 1999 he joined the semi-industrial research institute IMMS Erfurt as ADC group leader and analog designer. During his 5 years leadership he grew up the ADC group from zero level to a skilled design group with successfully completed industrial contracts (Siemens, GEMAC/AMAC) and research project by first time right silicon ADCs. After defending his PhD thesis externally in 2004, he joined Heidenhain motion control as analog IC designer for rotary encoders. In 2009 he returned to data converter IC industry when joining National Semiconductor design center for CTSD (continuous time Sigma Delta) ADC for wireless base stations. Since 2011 he is entrepreneur and has been successfully working as an analog and mixed signal ASIC design consultant in Munich, building up a skilled ASIC design team from scretch, and finally founding Continium Technologies. Richard posses broad experience of analog circuit design for data converters (ADC, DAC) using different circuit techniques (SC switched capacitor, continuous time and current-mode circuitry) and varying chip design flows (Cadence, Mentor/Tanner, Synopsys).
ADC/DAC system architect and Mixed-Signal designer
Reinhard studied Electrical Engineering at TU Chemnitz and started 1974 working at Funkwerk Erfurt as system engineer for process control in the VLSI foundry. Since 1977 he changed to CAD design group working on in-house system level and logic simulators for CPU-clones of U880, i286 and Micro-VAX. In 1999 he joined the Institute IMMS and Richard’s ADC group where he was responsible for system level design of switched-capacitor (SC) ADC and their behavioral simulation using SpectreHDL / VerilogA beside of his everyday digital HDL design. During his 14 years at IMMS he developed different 12-15b cyclic and pipeline ADCs in different technologies (CMOS and SOI) for industrial customers as well as research projects. Since 2013 he started his design consulting business and joined Continium Technologies as initial member of the design team. In Continium’s team Reinhard is leading scripting programmer (data base conversion, netlist post-processing, ADC’s spectral FFT analysis, parasitic extraction data optimization, CAD-add-ons) as well as technical lead digital designer (IIR & FIR filter; DWA/DEM mismatch shaper for DACs). Reinhard has broad experience with hardware description languages (Verilog / VHDL), analog behavioral modeling (VerilogA/VHDL-AMS), MATLAB system level design, fundamental digital and analog CAD design flow of Cadence, Mentor/Tanner, Synopsys.
Physical mask designer (Layout lead)
Norbert holds degree in electrical engineering (TU Munich) and has about 35 years of international, hands-on experience in the Semiconductor industry and possess expert knowledge of physical design for analog/mixed signal ICs. He is a self starter, budget and resource conscious, self motivating, used to working independently and to deadlines with minimum of supervision but maximum of customer liaison. He has in-depth understanding of backend EDA tool flow (Cadence Virtuoso XL, QRC, Mentor Graphics Calibre/Dracula, Tanner L-edit basics, some Synopsys tools) and design methodologies covering technology portfolio of low-voltage CMOS (down to 20nm) as well as high voltage bipolar, 60V HV-CMOS, 120V BCD, 200V SOI and up to several hundred Volts in single power transistor technologies. In his design consulting career he worked as layout team lead (managing up to 20 men) with several leading edge companies like ST-Micro, Siemens/Infineon, Texas Instruments, Intel, Bosch/Sensortec, Dialog, Rohde&Schwarz and supported several product families of hearing aids and audio processors over a whole decade. His design experience covers automotive applications (full custom layout circuits like LDO, Boost Converter, airbag controlling applications, LIN, CAN, door module power, Hall sensor, LOW/HIGH-side switches, HALF-/FULL bridge systems, Coreless Transformer applications), microcontroller and processors, hearing aids, full custom layout of EEPROM periphery as well as technology transfers. He worked together with Continium team members on several project as physical mask design lead, especially the 20b current-steering DAC.
RF application and test engineer
Olaf studied at the TU Chemnitz and Berlin and graduated as engineer. He started his professional career at Siemens. For Siemens first GSM mobile phone P1 he developed 1991 the receiver frontend Rx, later he developed the car RF booster to increase the transceiver power from 2W to 20W and was later responsible for the whole RF transceiver in Siemens mobile phones. Since 2003 he worked as RF test engineer at CSEE Neuchatel and in 2008 he moved back to Munich to work for Infineon Wireline Division (2010 Lantiq) as test engineer on Verigy V93000 test equipment. Since 2014 he works as RF/EMC design consultant and test engineer for different customers in the field of WLAN, DECT application boards and V93000 test boards. His excellent contribution to Continium’s team lies in the combination of RF application and V93000 test experience, including spectral FFT automatic test of ADCs and DACs.
FPGA application and digital design engineer
Daniel is a professional hardware-software designer and system architect with 25 years of experience in FPGA/CPLD and microprocessor /microcontroller (µP/µC) based designs and embedded software. He holds MSc degree in microelectronics from STU Bratislava and completed a postgraduate research study at University of Bournemouth, UK in the field of neural network implementation in digital ASIC and FPGA. He started his professional career at Celoxica Ltd. UK as digital hardware engineer and then leading whole company hardware group. Currently he is consulting IoT companies like Wildfoundry Ltd. UK, Dataplicity Ltd. UK, and managing device manufacturing for Machineforest Ltd. UK. Daniel also provides consulting services for Intilop, USA. His core skills are in the field of FPGA/CPLD/microprocessor system design, electronic PCB design, embedded software design, real time operating systems, verification, synthesis, optimization and testing. He has a broad knowledge of many µC/µP platforms like ARM STM32L/F, Atmel AVR, Microchip PIC, Xilinx MicroBlaze, Altera NIOS, TI MSP430, Intel x86, Toshiba MeP, 8051. He is fluent in many CPUs assembler language, C programming, Tcl/Tk and shell scripting, hardeware desription languages Verilog and VHDL.
Analog ASIC design engineer
After his A-level (Matura) at the mathematical gymnasium he started his electrical engineering studies at the STU Bratislava, specialization Microelectronics (Lasers/Optoelectronics). Juraj finished his studies in 1991 with Thesis prepared at the TU in Ilmenau in Germany and started his professional career as Hardware Design Engineer and later as Automation Engineer in 1992. In 2001 he joined the IMMS institute in Erfurt, Germany as analog design engineer and worked as project leading engineer for optical PDICs for DVD/BluRay in various BiCMOS technologies of XFAB. Optoelectronic ICs for various specifications of optical pickups mainly from Japanese companies were designed in cooperation with company Melexis, which was responsible for project management and distribution of these ICs on the market for various companies, e.g. Toshiba. Juraj also worked as Design Engineer in the ADC working group of IMMS, where he designed SC. Juraj possesses broad experience of analog circuit design and chip design flows in Cadence (simulation, layout, verification). Since 2011 Juraj worked as PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) programmer and commissioning engineer for automation technology especially on projects for big automotive companies as Volkswagen, AUDI, MAN, Continental and others. Juraj joined Continium design team in 2020.
Chip designer / PCB board designer
He holds MSc degree in electrical engineering and has over 10 years of advanced PCB experiences. He started his career at TU Ilmenau working on various projects related to UWB applications. After starting his freelance hardware design (PCB, open-source applications, test application), he is working on the test implementations and digital designs. Since 2017 he is working on the video design and test boards.
He holds MSc degree in electrical engineering from TU Kosice in 2004 and he is layout methodology and design expert with more than 16 years experience in high competitive companies (STmicro, ST-Ericsson, Huawei, Infineon and Dialog). He is leading physical designer of various products in wide range of technologies from 350nm down to 28nm CMOS, experienced in power management units as well as in finger touch screen controller and ADCs. Since 2017 he started his freelance design consultancy and joined Continium team in 2021.
Frank completed his studies in electrical engineering University of Applied Science Mittweida, and started his professional career as hardware and automation engineer in 1988. In 1999 he joined the semi-industrial institute IMMS Erfurt as physical mask design engineer for ADC and OEIC, where he cooperated with Richard and Reinhard. Between 2005-2015 he worked at AMS Graz, Austria as IC-test project manager.
Senior Project Manager and Agile Coach
Alex holds a MSc degree in computer science and engineering and has >17 years of experience in leading and directing projects as a project manager. His focus is on semiconductor industry projects from IC development, validation and test to IC production ramp at OSATs worldwide. Furthermore, he led projects for die packaging and AEC-Q100 automotive qualification. He also worked as a project manager for backend equipment manufacturer which extended his industry knowledge above and beyond IC development itself. He worked for national and international semiconductor brands in US, Europe and Asia. Besides this hands-on experience in the semiconductor industry, he has distinguished project management methodology skills. Since more than a decade he holds the Project Management Professional and DA Senior Scrum Master certification from the Project Management Institute in the US. His project management DNA is based on an agnostic coaching approach using agile, classic and hybrid methods and frameworks (SCRUM, SAFe®). His people skills are mature and based on his education and practice as a systemic coach. He is proficient in communicating with all hierarchy levels from C-levels to team members. Alex works together with the Continium Technologies team and as an independent consultant.