SMIC teams with Brite Semi on ARC-based low power IoT platform

SMIC teams with Brite Semi on ARC-based low power IoT platform

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By Nick Flaherty

The platform uses the Synopsys ARC Data Fusion Subsystem with the UK-developed ARC EM9D processor, USB and I3C IP blocks in an ASIC developed by Brite Semiconductor on SMIC’s 55-nm ultra-low power (ULP) process. A test chip shows up to 45% reduction in dynamic power and 70% reduction in leakage power compared to SMIC’s 55LL process technology, boosting battery life for chips for wearable and smart home devices as well as smart city and industrial applications.

The aim is to give customers a proven starting point for IoT designs and enables the integration of customized functions on demand, while lowering costs. In addition, Synopsys is offering a commercialized ARC IoT Development Kit based on the platform to ease software development for ARC processor-based systems.”As a leading ASIC design solution provider, Brite worked closely with Synopsys and SMIC to develop an ARC-based IC optimized for the IoT on SMIC’s 55-nm ULP process.” said Larry Lee, VP of Marketing & Sales, at Brite Semiconductor. “Our mutual customers can now leverage a proven design and design team to develop their own SoC, customized for their specific application requirements, and get it to market in record time.”

“SMIC’s 55-nm process, which is in production, was developed specifically to address the stringent power and cost requirements of advanced IoT designs,” said TianShen Tang, EVP of Design Service at SMIC. “By collaborating with Brite and Synopsys on the IoT Platform, we are enabling the design community to leverage our newest low power 55-nm ULP foundry process with Synopsys’ leading DesignWare IP and ARC processor-based subsystem solutions to meet their tight schedules and lower system cost.”

Tightly coupled interface peripherals, including pulse density modulation (PDM), and I2S combined with the included audio processing software library simplify the implementation of voice and speech functionality in a range of applications such as far-field voice user interfaces and hands-free voice commands. In addition, the standards-compliant MIPI I3C controller enables high data rate transmission for the integration of multiple sensors in SoC. The integrated DesignWare USB 2.0 controller is silicon-proven and shipping in billions of devices.

“The advent of “always-on” IoT applications needing sensor fusion, audio playback and voice detection functionality is requiring systems to be optimized for the lowest power consumption possible.” said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP at Synopsys. “Our collaboration with Brite and SMIC on the IoT IP Platform provides SoC designers, system integrators, OEMs and software developers with a proven solution that enables efficient development of their next-generation, low-power chipsets.”

Shanghai-based Brite was set up in 2008 by a consortium of Chinese and international venture capital funds and works with neighbouring SMIC on 55nm, 40nm and 28nm process technology from RTL/netlist desgn to chip delivery. It has two subsidiaries, Beijing Brite IP and Hefei Brite Technology, and has set up offices in US, Europe, Japan and Taiwan and has also been addressing the powerline market for IoT .

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