indie Semiconductor is the new name of the former AyDeeKay LLC, a fabless semiconductor company formed in 2007 in Orange County, California. The company was started by the founders of the successful Axiom Microdevices, which was sold in 2009 to Skyworks after becoming the first company to successfully develop a cellphone power amplifier using CMOS technology.
Initially called AyDeeKay, the company was established to design and manufacture custom mixed-signal microcontrollers based on ARM Cortex cores. “Our initial name was in fact, made from our initials”, said Ichiro Aoki, co-founder and President. “But as we’ve grown and started to interact with more customers, we felt it was time for something that was a little less about the founders and more reflected the way we are as a company”.
Donald McClymont, co-founder and CEO added, “This is just a name change. There are no changes in legal or financial status and customers can be confident that things are going very well for us. We are doing well and growing fast and we simply wanted a name which was more representative of who we are”.
“indie is a good name for this company”, commented Fabio Nista, CTO of Positron, a large automotive systems manufacturer in Brazil. “Like the indie movie and music guys, they are free-thinkers and they’re independent of any of the big semiconductor companies. It’s refreshing to work with them.”
indie Semiconductor is a fabless semiconductor company designing and manufacturing custom mixed-signal microcontrollers. The mission is to build chips for customers that are the perfect fit, containing exactly the feature set required by the application, but with no unnecessary padding. indie’s designs are ARM Cortex-M series based and replace a PCB containing multiple devices. In addition to the microcontroller core, indie’s specialty is integrating analog sub-systems, such as RF transceivers, power management circuitry and sensor interfaces.