Nine Ways Research & Development Ltd was established in October 2012 in Derby, UK by three digital design engineers. It constitutes several primary elements all aimed at high-end digital design within the high-speed communications industry.

 

Nine Ways Research & Development Ltd was established in October 2012 in Derby, UK by three digital design engineers. It constitutes several primary elements all aimed at high-end digital design within the high-speed communications industry.

Firstly, we are the UK operation of our senior partner in Germany – MorethanIP GmbH. We provide all of their software device-driver design and support along with IP core hardware design using HDL commonly Verilog/VHDL.

Secondly, in partnership with our affiliate electronic distribution house – Focus EDL, we sell, deliver and provide full hand holding technical support for MorethanIP’s products into the UK digital design industry.

Thirdly, we offer full design services, again incorporated with Focus EDL as our service outlet – covering hardware PCB design, software device drivers, PIC micro-code firmware, HDL IP core, and embedded support.

Lastly, we are our own product house – and as the “Products” section of our websitewww.nineways.co.uk illustrates, we have a growing extensive Ethernet family of UK designed, manufactured and supported products.

In order for us to be able to handle large sales orders and engage with already established UK industry leading distributors – Nine Ways established a partnership agreement with Focus EDL in Essex, England. This enabled all MorethanIP and Nine Ways additional product base to be made available easily and effectively with a front-end sales company. Focus-EDL already have a huge database of prestigious design-houses as customers here in the UK and off-shore which naturally made a unique association.

By positioning ourselves in-between MorethanIP and Focus EDL – Nine Ways is able to offer the design support, technical support, additional software implementation that any large design customer will need. Essentially we offer the sound solid base and reliable product offering from MorethanIP on all of the range of IP hardware – namely MACs, PHYs, PCS, Fibre Channel, Back-plane Communication, Multi-lane Gearbox, SWITCH and Cross-bar hardware cores for high-end Ethernet intellectual property.

All Nine Ways IP Cores are developed in technology independent HDL (Hardware Description Language) using a strict and robust top down design methodology. All cores are simulated at behavioral and gate levels and are provided with methodology scripts, exhaustive standard compliance verification suites and complete documentation. Nine Ways methodology also includes, for complex communication controllers, hardware verification with application and development boards. In addition, our cores are specifically designed to achieve a high level of re-usability to dramatically reduce the development time of complex Telecom applications.

Nine Ways has developed a unique range of IP Core for Multi Gigabit Telecom applications. MorethanIP’s IP portfolio includes, but is not limited to, Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet MACs (Medium Access Controllers), high speed system interfaces (e.g. POS-PHY L3 / L4, Utopia L1 / L2 / L3) and a wide range of support cores such as high speed memory controllers and interfaces for industry standard processors. Application boards and reference designs are also available to help designers using MorethanIP products. All products are available for both ASIC or Programmable Logic providing platform choice flexibility for customers to meet their time-to-market / cost trade-offs.