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SCI demos cloud-based chip design

03 Jun 2014

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 SCI's cloud-based platform

Using SCI's cloud-based platform, tools from companies such as Plunify and Optic2Connect bring multiple design advantages.

Silicon Cloud International is demonstrating what the cloud can do for semiconductor design with the help of its design ecosystem partners Plunify and Optic2Connect. The two companies will show how their offerings operate with the SCI platform, highlighting the advantages of using cloud.

SCI establishes secure cloud computing centres for scientific and engineering applications across the world. As an initial application, SCI's cloud is providing turn-key design-to-manufacturing semiconductor design workflows for universities and research institutions. SCI's private cloud and thin client architecture establishes a novel security model for semiconductor ecosystem providers and users.

"Conventional design platforms are resource and capital intensive, putting them out of the reach of many universities," noted Mojy Chian, CEO for SCI. "By creating a solution that provides a secure, scalable, and cost-effective platform for chip design, we are creating a paradigm shift and changing the way IC design is done."

Plunify for FPGA Design

Timing closure is the biggest challenge that FPGA designers face. Plunify's InTime is a new software tool that uses data analytics and machine learning to solve timing, area, and power issues. As a plugin to major FPGA tools, InTime generates optimised strategies to solve design problems and has been proven to produce better quality results than existing solutions. InTime also learns from every build to improve results over time, while utilising unused compute resources to efficiently run builds.

Plunify's patented technology enables FPGA designers to solve timing problems and dramatically accelerate design workflows, saving time and money in the process. Running on the SCI platform, Plunify demonstrates how InTime solves FPGA timing problems and recommends strategies for timing, area, or power performance targets.

Optic2Connect for Optical Modulator Solutions

Addressing the need to simplify modulator design for the burgeoning silicon photonics market, Optic2Connect's software solutions are designed to significantly shorten product time-to-market and reduce development costs of silicon modulators. As designs become more complex, simulation tools need to scale with regard to fidelity and accuracy. Optic2Connect provides an end-to-end solution to address exacting demands for modulator design. This ensures acceleration in prototype manufacturing and lowering of production costs.

Additionally, with Optic2Connect's modelling and simulation solutions running on either cloud / stand-alone or SCI ecosystems, the traditional roadblocks of insufficient servers / licences, especially during periods of peak demand, are circumvented.

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