When we think of the next big frontier in technology, it is IoT or Internet of Things. There are already numerous companies who are exploring the world of IoT and its capabilities and are capitalizing on it. For one, because of the development in IoT there is advanced automation in the industries that have radically reshaped our everyday life.
One such IoT based company is BlackPepper. It is a company that started from physical design services for a single tier 1 semiconductor company and has expanded into all phases of the silicon realization flow. The company is the brainchild of Harikrishnan Puravankara, a former physical design specialist at Wipro and the leader of the applications support team at Magma Design Automation.
The Path of Innovation
The journey began in 2009 with BlackPepper launching itself as the new generation silicon to system design company. BlackPepper brings diverse design capabilities and provides comprehensive turnkey solutions to tier 1 to tier 3 companies. The company is equipped with more than 500 years of combined experience in the field. Moreover, the management team has witnessed, participated and played a key role in the evolutionary early phase of the VLSI industry. As the world moves towards automation, intelligence, and technology, the people at BlackPepper believe ‘sense, compute, security and analyze’ as crucial pillars for industrial automation or IoT. BlackPepper is the trusted design partner for over a dozen global semiconductor companies. These companies are the behemoths in the industry and BlackPepper’s differentiation lies in the quality, reliability, cost, and TAT (Turn Around Time).
“We assure our clients high quality, high reliability, lower cost and faster TAT compared to any of our competitors. We have developed a complex patented technology framework called EYWA, which provides us a significant edge over our competitors,” says the COO at BlackPepper Technologies, Jei Narayanan.
BlackPepper has been developing core technologies that are essential for IoT market segments. The company develops platforms which can be adapted to any industry segments for various end-use applications. BlackPepper is radically revamping itself into a company that is squarely at the heart of the product end user experience.
The solutions developed by BlackPepper are driven with artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning which cater to applications like ADAS, Predictive Machine Monitoring, Autonomous Platforms, etc. The core team of engineering headed by Tinku Malayil Jose is behind the success of multiple patents in this field and it drives the technology around IoT.
Exploring Wider Horizons
BlackPepper has grown its strength to new heights over the last 4 years and today the company hosts 250 engineers. The core purpose of the company is to create an enduring impact on society by building an innovative hardware-specific organization in emerging technology sectors like the Internet of Things. BlackPepper has a goal to democratize innovation by transforming ideas into tangible products and inculcate the spirit of innovation among all.
The Company is built on human values rather than conventional corporate priorities. “Each one of our employees has strong engineering capabilities, passion for excellence, and above all, is a fine human being,” proudly notes Harikrishnan Puravankara, the founder and CEO of the company.
BlackPepper believes in the philosophy of collective entrepreneurship and also encourages every single Pepperite –the people at the company, to think freely, innovate tirelessly, question fearlessly and be deeply involved in every facet of the BlackPepper success story. At BlackPepper, every Pepperite comes first, and for every Pepperite, the customer comes first.
And while its growth is soaring, it is setting new benchmarks in quality, reliability and turnaround time (TAT) using proven engineering and management techniques. This has also become the way of life for Pepperites.
Here’s a list of the various platforms that BlackPepper is currently working on:
ADAS Solution: It is a Vision and RADAR based Drive Assistance Systems.
Machine Monitoring Solution: It is a non-invasive system, which grabs vibrations and shows characteristics of the motor and proactively analyzes the failure point of any motor. The machine monitoring solution is a crucial requirement for industry 4.0 environment. Additionally, this solution also enables machine learning for prediction of motor characteristics.
Driver profiling: Generally, the vector math is used for profiling of two-wheeler driver. This prototype system is visualized to be a non-invasive seat on the bike and characterize the driver profiling.
Rotations/Gesture using IMU sensors: These sensors fusion techniques such as Madgwick, Mahony and/or Kalman filters to get finer level resolutions on rotations/gestures.
Smart Security: Sub-GHz wireless communication for realizing Neighborhood Area Network for Smart Security systems.
Smart Lighting: It enables connectivity and interfacing sensor to convert regular street lights into smart street lights.
Meet the Navigators
Manoj Sundareswaran – Exec. VP: Delivery
Manoj is an industry veteran in the area of Chip Design and has been a SoC Product Specialist with more than 16 years of experience.
He has been instrumental in implementing & delivering multiple first pass SoCs across Automotive, Wireless, Wireline, Health Care domains for companies like Infineon, Lantiq, and Wipro.
Harikrishnan Puravankara- Founder & CEO
Hari comes with about 16 years of career spanning across silicon design, supply chain management, foundry relations and technical support. Hari started his career at Wipro Technologies as a cell library and physical design specialist and then moved on to Magma Design Automation, he led the applications to support team across the Asia Pacific. He later quit Magma to start building the vision for BlackPepper in 2010 and raised angel funding to commence the operations in 2012.
Salesh Kumar N V- Vice President Strategic Initiatives - R&D
Salesh brings in 17+ years of industry experience in the ASIC, Microprocessor and EDA fields in both technical and management roles. Prior to BlackPepper, he was working in the capacity of Advisory R&D in IBM where he was responsible for mainframe.
“The solutions developed by us are driven with artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning which cater to applications like ADAS, Predictive Machine Monitoring, Autonomous Platforms, etc.”
“As the world moves towards automation, intelligence and technology, we at BlackPepper believe ‘Sense, Compute, Security and Analyze’ will become crucial pillars for Industrial Automation or IoT.”