Company To Capture Market Share with Unique Chip Solutions

The Indian semiconductor sector is experiencing a boom in new firms that provide unique design solutions. Among these rising competitors, Bangalore’s FermionIC stands out for its emphasis on integrated beamformer technology.

Integrated Solutions for Streamlined Signal Processing

In a recent interview with Digitimes Asia, FermionIC’s CEO, Gautam Kumar Singh, highlighted the company’s unique selling proposition (USP): providing a comprehensive beamformer plus front-end module IC solution for radar and satellite communication applications.”Unlike traditional RF companies,” Singh explained, “we offer an integrated solution for the entire signal chain. This eliminates the need for customers to worry about integrating parts from various vendors.”

FermionIC’s PSAT beamformer chips have a significant advantage: they do not need a pre-power amplifier. This simplifies system design, decreases component count, and provides significant cost and space benefits to clients. “It’s a feature that most competitors lack,” Singh emphasized. “Our approach allows for a much simpler overall system design, leading to enhanced efficiency and reduced complexity for our clients.”

Growth and Expansion on the Horizon

FermionIC now employs a team of roughly 35 workers, with ambitious plans to expand to 60-70 engineers within the next year. The emphasis will be on growing the company’s system engineering team to focus on modular microsystems and application development. Singh believes that Fermionic’s parts will be widely used in full-scale production in the near future, primarily by large radar companies. Furthermore, the company is looking into the potential of its core technology for automotive applications. “We might see prototypes suitable for the automotive and V-band contactless gigabit transceiver markets emerge within the next two years,” Singh added, outlining the company’s short-term goals.

Targeting System Integrators in the B2B Market

FermionIC operates within the B2B (business-to-business) space, catering primarily to system integrators. Their ICs are envisioned as core components for radars built by leading companies like AMPLs, BELs, Northrop Grumman, and Teledyne. “Our core technology caters to the X-band, which has applications in satellite communication, electronic warfare, military radar, and weather sensing,” Singh elaborated. “Our parts are already listed on the Government of India’s e-Marketplace (GeM) portal, although the response time through this channel can be slow.”

Recognizing the future potential of the X-band, Fermionic is strategically moving away from the C-band, which dominated previous generations of radar solutions.

Balancing Domestic and International Demand

While Fermionic acknowledges that strategic sector needs in India, particularly defense and electronic warfare, will be a primary driver in the near future, the company is actively pursuing international expansion through strategic partnerships and marketing efforts. “Demand from strategic sectors like satellite communication, defense, and airborne systems will undoubtedly come from India,” Singh said. “However, we’re also looking to establish a global footprint through strategic partnerships, aiming to distribute our parts in other regions as well.”

Fermionic anticipates high domestic demand for the next two years, followed by a large international presence during the next five years. Establishing a solid foundation and providing successful solutions will pave the path for future growth and expansion into new markets.

Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Market

The intrinsic features of RF technology provide a distinct geographical perspective. For example, the X-band encompasses a vast frequency range (up to 12 GHz), yet each country may only use a fraction of this spectrum. To account for these differences, most chip manufacturers strive to provide a broad dynamic range. Fermionic has posted its products on the GeM site run by the Indian government in order to attract a larger worldwide audience. Singh does, however, admit the platform’s flaws, which include poor response times and imprecise product classification.

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