Racyics launches design service platform for Globalfoundries’ 22FDX technology

Racyics launches design service platform for Globalfoundries’ 22FDX technology

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By Graham Prophet

Racyics will provide IP and design services as a part of the foundry’s FDXcelerator Partner Program. The platform provides an IT infrastructure with a full set of EDA tool installations and technology data setup such as PDKs, foundation IP, and complex IP. All tools and design data are linked by Racyics’ silicon-proven design flow and project management system. The turnkey environment enables any makeChip customer to realize complex systems on chips (SoCs) in the most advanced technology nodes.


GF’s 22nm FD-SOI technology, 22FDX, provides advantages in power efficiency and production cost. As a part of GF’s FDXcelerator Partner Program, Racyics makeChip will provide comprehensive support for the most advanced technologies and thus helps smaller players to realize their enormous innovative potential.


0.4V technology


22FDX technology, the design house adds, “opens a design space for ultra-low voltage supply down to 0.4V, reducing energy consumption by more than 75% while maintaining reliability and yield. Racyics started to develop 22FDX 0.4V foundation IP components in July 2016. An Initial Design Kit (9t-CNRX Std-Cell Library; multi Vt options) is available. Silicon validation is ongoing and will be finished in Q2 2017. Academic institutions in particular are called to become early adopters of this 0.4V foundation IP to research its capabilities and to explore new application ideas, which would be impossible based on state-of-the-art approaches.”


“We want to move start-ups, small and medium sized businesses, and academia to the leading-edge of the game. With makeChip, we enable them to quickly execute analogue, mixed-signal and digital designs in GF’s 22FDX technology, so they can develop the hardware basis for high-volume applications in the fields of IoT and Industry 4.0,” stated Holger Eisenreich, CEO of Racyics.


“Our 22FDX technology is quickly becoming a platform of choice for market-focused applications that require low power and operational efficiency with an affordability advantage,” said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president of Product Management at GF. “This collaboration with Racyics and Cadence will help lower the barrier of entry for SMEs, start-ups, and academia.”


Access to makeChip includes a complete digital design flow with advanced silicon-proven solutions from Cadence, that is available without additional costs for non-commercial academic projects. For commercial projects, different contract agreements will be applied.


“The Cadence full-flow digital solution, is a perfect match for the makeChip design platform. Users are enabled to meet their power, performance and area targets, “ said Jens Werner, Vice President, Technical Field Operation, at Cadence. “The makeChip platform will help to grow design starts in Europe and beyond.”


Racyics provides its in-house 0.4V IP for 22FDX to makeChip customers. It is free of charge in the frame of non-commercial projects and enables platform users to be the first in the world to explore an ultra-low voltage design space and uses its unparalleled potential for energy-efficient operation. Already running with two 22FDX pilot projects, makeChip platform is now open to academia and commercial entities to jump-start their design projects. For more information, visit


Racyics is a design house based in Dresden, Germany, offering design and implementation services for analogue, mixed-signal and digital ICs. Working for leading European semiconductor companies for many years, the Racyics team contributed to numerous successful chip designs down to 28nm feature size for automotive, consumer and communication applications. As Globalfoundries’ channel partner with focus on advanced and leading- edge technologies, Racyics provides access to 28 nm, 22 nm and 14 nm prototyping runs (MPWs). Racyics offers design enablement services for European SMEs and academia. For more information, visit





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