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IBM’s new 45nm SOI foundry offering is designed to meet the demands of emerging high-performance, low-power markets. The new offering adds ARM’s industry-standard design tools and libraries to the intellectual property (IP) already available through IBM’s existing SOI development infrastructure, allowing a wide range of client designs to take advantage of SOI’s benefits.
IBM testing has shown the potential for 45nm SOI to offer up to 30 percent performance improvement or 40 percent power reduction when compared to bulk technology. IBM expects that price/performance leadership combined with ever- increasing application workload demands will create opportunities for SOI to expand into an even broader range of consumer electronics, such as digital televisions and high-end mobile applications.
“45nm is our 6th generation of SOI technology and is a key driver in many collaborative designs with clients – including networking, storage, gaming and other consumer applications. This foundry announcement is a progression of this deep experience, providing a world-class resource for the industry to build on this proven, next-generation technology.”
Mark Ireland, Vice President,
IBM Semiconductor Platforms
ARM’s SOI physical IP library includes standard cell, memory and I/O libraries for IBM’s fully enabled 45nm SOI foundry. It promises to significantly ease implementation of SOI technology and bring the benefits to a much wider range of semiconductor companies. The ARM SOI physical IP library is supported by standard synthesis and place and route implementation flows that enable customers to quickly implement products without changing design methodologies or training of employees. It supports EDA views for Synopsys, Cadence and Magma tools. Customers can start downloading it free from the ARM Web site now.
“These announcements will continue to proliferate the adoption of SOI technology beyond the traditional high-end segment.”
Horacio Mendez, Executive Director,
SOI Industry Consortium
“With these announcements, ARM and IBM have taken the first step toward breaking down major barriers and making SOI a viable alternative for many more applications in networking, storage, communication and consumer applications.“
Joanne Itow, Managing Director,
Semico Research Corp.
“Two years ago, Soitec and ARM announced a joint agreement supporting the development of SOI libraries for the fabless and foundry arenas, promising designers a solution to accelerate SOI adoption and design. The ARM & IBM announcements mark a significant milestone in delivering on our promise.“
André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé, President and CEO,