January 11, 2018 // By Peter Clarke, eeNews Europe
Design services and IP licensing firm Racyics GmbH (Dresden, Germany) has developed foundation IP for Globalfoundries' 22nm FDSOI manufacturing process 22FDX that operates down to 0.4V and is suitable for ultra-low power microcontroller designs.
The IP is available through makeChip, Racyics' hosted design service platform targeted at startups, small companies, research institutes and universities.
Racyics has executed power-performance-area (PPA) studies for both Cortex and RISC-V based microcontrollers (MCUs) operating at supply voltages down to 0.4V on 22FDX and in Decmeber 2017 it taped out a Cortex-based test chip for silicon validation of its adaptive body bias (ABB) design approach and to show the potential for MCU implementations.
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