IC design & fab platform offers low-power, SOI on multi-product wafers

March 11, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Silicon Impulse, a design platform at Grenoble-based Leti offers a ‘one-stop-shop’ IC resource for ultra-low-power Technologies; the end-to-end Design Accelerator Platform targets energy-efficient Internet of Things applications and new devices using FD-SOI technology, while expanding its ecosystem

CEA-Leti’s Silicon Impulse IC design competence centre is a comprehensive IC technology platform offering IC design, advanced intellectual property, emulator and test services along with industrial multi-project wafer (MPW) shuttles.

Established to increase the competitiveness of Leti’s industrial partners, Silicon Impulse provides immediate access to Leti’s and CEA-List’s advanced IC technologies and systems expertise. It also exploits Leti’s experience in technology transfer. Collaboration between Leti and List experts and ecosystem partners aims to shorten time to market from idea to production. This process includes prototyping and pre-production runs using Leti’s advanced industrial infrastructure from concept to production hand-off.

Silicon Impulse offers its partners the full range of Leti and List’s expertise in analogue, RF, digital and memory design and hardware/software-integrated solutions at the technology node that most cost-effectively meets their needs. The IC competence centre combines Leti’s large portfolio of leading-edge technologies and novel low-power design solutions with a service for speeding integration of Fully Depleted Silicon-on-Insulator (FD-SOI) and many other more advanced technologies (ReRAM, MEMS, 3DVLSI, Silicon Photonics), enabling heterogeneous low-power co-integration. These services are targeted to enable the rapidly emerging third-generation information-acquisition and processing devices that are key to the Internet of Things (IoT).

“Pervasive wireless networking and groundbreaking low-power technologies are critical to the widespread adoption of the Internet of Things, because they improve the performance of portable devices and their network infrastructure,” said Leti CEO Marie-Noëlle Semeria. “With Silicon Impulse’s one-stop-shop platform, 28nm FD-SOI heterogeneous, low-power design becomes a reality for the IoT community. Silicon Impulse helps Leti’s partners introduce innovative products that deliver optimal performance for these applications, and benefit from the most advanced technologies.”

Silicon Impulse, in cooperation with a network of ecosystem partners, is set up to develop, produce and integrate innovative customised or standard systems that exploit advanced technologies for all of Leti’s industrial partners. Leti’s experts will collaborate with partners from the feasibility-study stage through device design, prototyping, testing and production