The program THINGS2DO is focused on building the Design & Development Ecosystem for FD-SOI-technology. This technology is uniquely positioned to take advantage of some very distinct strengths of the European Semiconductor Industry. The baseline 28nm FD-SOI-technology is available at an inflection point in the semiconductor progression path and offers unique features at this particular point in time. 14nm-FD-SOI will then take the technology’s integration potential to unprecedented levels, utilizing the design/development ecosystem developed here.
The key features of FD-SOI are:
– FD-SOI steps up integration densities to the next node-generation, capitalizing on existing infrastructure and manufacturing investments
– Power dissipations of next technology nodes is going up, but FD-SOI offers a significantly lower power footprint than comparable technologies
– Process complexity is generally exploding due to stringent process complexity increases. In this context, FD-SOI offers simplicity in processing
– FD-SOI capitalizes on the strengths of the European supply infrastructure from wafer sourcing up to IP-offering and Services.
In this context, the development groundwork needs to be created, in view to enable IC-products and electronic systems to be migrated into the FD-SOI environment and to take advantage of the new possibilities, which FD-SOI offers on the product- and systems-level. A new and game-changing technology such as FD-SOI can only be successful with a rich mix of product- and service-offerings in the development space.
The design/development ecosystem is based on 3 pillars:
– EDA – design automation is the basis to perform complex design creation and porting tasks. The EDA industry in Europe is particularly powerful with implantations from the big US-based companies as well as a lively ecosystem of small and medium size European companies active in this domain.
– IP – availability of pre-designed building blocks is an absolute must for any emerging technology. The implementation environment is a vital part in conjunction with the IP needed for every complex SOC-development.
– Services are a combination of IP and EDA-tooling. There is a rich mix of SMEs in Europe focused on this topic, providing service offerings to bring the innovative potential of FD-SOI-technology into the leading systems and end-applications, of which Europe is so rich.
The work-packages of this project are focused on the creation and enhancement of the
above 3 pillars with specific targets to European end-applications. The application domains
identified for THINGS2DO are: Biomedical, Aeronautics and spatial, Personal Portable
Devices, among others. They all need energy efficient systems to meet market needs.
The measurable results will show in the availability of a rich ecosystem of EDA-design flows, porting tools and design centering systems, a rich IP-portfolio of design building blocks from a number of –sometimes competing- Design houses. The embedment of the IPs into Design Platforms is also a significant criterion to look for.
In addition this project will create results which are less measurable, but of equal or higher importance: the interconnectedness of European companies or European foreign implants will increase dramatically through this project thus contributing to strengthen the European Semiconductor Industry as a whole.
As this project will significantly impact the end applications, an area where Europe has particular strength, the competiveness of Europe as an industrial region will profit all together.
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community under the ENIAC Nanoelectronics Framework Programme