INVECAS creating IP for 7nm chip for GLOBALFOUNDRIES

“The cost of designing a chip using 7nm technology is going to be very high,” says Ganesh Ramamoorthy who tracks global markets for semiconductors at research firm Gartner. “Gartner estimates the cost to be upwards of $500 million for one chip design.”

Varsha Bansal, ET Bureau, HYDERABAD: INVECAS, a Hyderabad-based chip design is said to be at an advanced stage of creating intellectual property (IP) for a 7-nanometre chip for US-based semiconductor foundry GLOBALFOUNDRIES, with which it has a strategic partnership.

If successful, it makes INVECAS the first Indian company to design such a cutting-edge and complex technology (FinFETs) that could be deployed to build high-performance data centres running complex computations with least power consumption.Other companies that have announced working on 7nm technology include Intel, Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, or TSMC.

Founded in 2014 by serial entrepreneur and former managing director of global chip giant AMD India, Dasaradha R Gude’s startup has, over the past several months, added more chip designers bringing their number to 800 through a series of buyouts. “As far as we know, INVECAS is the only company from India which is working on this technology with GLOBALFOUNDRIES,” says INVECAS’ CEO Dasaradha Gude. “It can be used in virtual reality cameras, for high-end computations and to build smaller devices with higher capabilities,” he told ET.

According to GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ chief executive Sanjay Jha, 7nm technology, relative to 14nm, reduces power consumption by nearly half, apart from increasing performance by close to a third. Further, in a presentation this week in Hyderabad, he said the 7nm design also reduces the cost per transistor, making it an important node for the industry.

“Lot of people in the industry went from 14nm to 10nm and then 7nm,” he said. “We made a decision to skip 10nm and go directly to 7nm,” said Jha, expressing confidence that they would be in volume production with 7nm chip by next year.

Experts corroborate that 7nm is among the most advanced technologies hat will lead to more functionalities integrated onto the chip, reducing power consumption and reducing the size of the chip itself. “The cost of designing a chip using 7nm technology is going to be very high,” says Ganesh Ramamoorthy who tracks global markets for semiconductors at research firm Gartner. “Gartner estimates the cost to be upwards of $500 million for one chip design.”

However, the number would be for high-end chips and they were only working towards the building blocks. “We are into designing the IP. If a customer wants us to design the entire chip, we can do that as well,” he said. With approximately $50 million investment thus far in the company, Gude is looking at investing double of that in the next five years.

“We have good customers, so that helps us with the investment. But if we are looking at inorganic growth, only then would we need external funding,” said Gude, whose company has clients from the fields of Internet of Things (IoT), processors and automotives.

About GLOBALFOUNDRIES

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the world’s first full-service semiconductor foundry with a truly global footprint. Launched in March 2009, the company has quickly achieved scale as one of the largest foundries in the world, providing a unique combination of advanced technology and manufacturing to more than 250 customers. With operations in Singapore, Germany and the United States, GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a foundry that offers the flexibility and security of manufacturing centers spanning three continents. The company’s 300mm fabs and 200mm fabs provide the full range of process technologies from mainstream to the leading edge. This global manufacturing footprint is supported by major facilities for research, development and design enablement located near hubs of semiconductor activity in the United States, Europe and Asia. GLOBALFOUNDRIES is owned by Mubadala Development Company. For more information, visit http://www.globalfoundries.com.

About INVECAS
INVECAS was founded by semiconductor industry visionaries to address the unique challenges encountered in deep sub-micron technologies. INVECAS brings together High Speed Analog IP, Foundation IP, ASIC design and Embedded Software expertise under one roof to provide complete ASIC solutions for emerging Compute, Communication, Mobile, Automotive and Embedded markets. INVECAS is also investing in developing in-house advanced CAD flows and design methodologies for Analog and Digital with leading EDA tool vendors to optimize Power, Performance and Area goals of the respective market segments. INVECAS delivers its ASIC solutions through offices in Santa Clara, CA and Burlington, VT in USA and Hyderabad, Bengaluru in India. For more information, visit https://www.invecas.com

SOURCE : The Economic Times