GLOBALFOUNDRIES delivers new level of security and protection on 22FDX platform for connected systems

GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) announced this week that it is working with Arm to offer secure system-on-chip (SoC) solutions on GF’s 22FDX platform, based on FD-SOI, for cellular IoT applications. With the growing threat of reverse engineering and other illegal threats to IP, it is imperative to protect complex electronic systems at their foundation with hardware-based security IP solutions, including crypto cores, hardware trust and high-speed protocol engines. 

GLOBALFOUNDRIES 22FDX 22nm FD-SOI (Fully-Depleted Silicon-On- Insulator) process technology platform delivers cost effective performance for connected and low power embedded applications. 22nm FD-SOI transistor technology delivers FinFET-like performance and energy-efficiency, including up to 70 percent lower power when compared to 28nm. The simultaneous high Ft /high Fmax, high self gain and high current efficiency of 22FDX enables ef cient, ultra low power analog/RF/mmWave designs.

GF’s 22FDX platform with Arm CryptoIsland on-chip security enclave provides an on-die, hardware-secure solution enabling easy integration of front-end modules (FEM), RF, baseband, embedded MRAM and cryptographic capabilities into a single IoT SoC, while reducing costs.

“In a world where billions of devices are generating data across smart cities, rural environments, and digitally transformed industries, in order to deliver true insight, security cannot be optional,” said Vincent Korstanje, vice president and general manager, Emerging Businesses at Arm. “Customers designing for mobile and IoT applications will benefit from the CryptoIsland technology on GF’s 22FDX highly integrated, energy-efficient platform, providing new levels of security that is easy to deploy at a cost point that scales.”

“With so many conduits to the Internet and the growing importance of cyberattack defenses, we believe chip security will only grow in importance for the industry and our clients in the years ahead,” said Ed Kaste, vice president of Industrial and Multi-Market at GF. “By leveraging our 22FDX platform and applying Arm’s powerful CryptoIsland security subsystem, we can jointly offer a highly integrated security solution to our mutual clients that will unlock new levels of cellular IoT integration, offering new secure identity capabilities for cellular IoT applications.”

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Racyics GmbH also unveiled this week a breakthrough in the race to build more power-efficient IoT devices: record-breaking ultra-low-power operation of a commonly used microcontroller core for mixed-signal IoT applications, built on GF’s 22FDX platform.

At GF’s annual Global Technology Conference (GTC) in Munich, the companies will demonstrate a 22FDX-based 100MHz Arm Cortex-M4F microcontroller test chip with 84kB of SRAM, which demonstrated an ultra-high energy-efficiency of 6.88 µW/MHz. Key to this outstanding performance is the adaptive body bias (ABB) tunability inherent to 22FDX, along with Racyics’ circuit design approach which maximizes its advantages.

The 22FDX platform with ABB capability enables designers to create circuits where transistor threshold voltage can be tuned, or optimized, to match an application’s requirements for energy efficiency, performance, area, reliability, or any combination. Leveraging this capability, Racyics offers a design IP called ABBX that enables the creation of circuits with reliable, predictable ultra-low voltage operation ​down to 0.4V. This is done by holistically considering process, supply voltage and temperature inputs to achieve power, performance and area goals with a high yield.

“The need for power-efficiency is urgent because SoCs (systems-on-chip) for IoT applications are projected to grow at a double-digit rate, fueled by diverse and increasingly sophisticated applications across smart city, agricultural, medical, industrial, smart home and other markets,“ said Ed Kaste, vice president of Industrial and Multi-Market at GF. “Although the needs of these applications vary, the most important consideration among all of them is ultra-low power consumption. The record-breaking circuit we produced and will discuss at GTC 2019 is tangible proof that our 22FDX platform offers best-in-class performance, power consumption and level of integration for IoT applications.”

“Our easy-to use turnkey ABBX solution is based on the standard design and sign-off flow, and delivers improved PPA (power, performance and area) results with guaranteed performance and power,” said Holger Eisenreich, CEO of Racyics. “T​he silicon results demonstrate the benefits of our holistic adaptive body biasing approach for ultra-low voltage designs.”

The Racyics ABBX solution is now qualified on GF’s 22FDX platform.


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