The continued march of cloud-based chip design tools has received another endorsement, this time from GlobalFoundries, the world’s fourth-largest chipmaker.
Cadence Design Systems, a leading supplier of semiconductor design applications, said Thursday that GlobalFoundries qualified the company’s cloud-based software for Amazon Web Services on the chipmaker’s 22FDX manufacturing technology, which is used to manufacture low-power 22 nm chips for networking, portable devices, and automotive products, among others.
Cadence said cloud-based tools can help chip designers understand how to create silicon planes that meet optimal power, performance and area goals faster. This will allow companies using its manufacturing processes to make better products and get them to market faster, according to GlobalFoundries.
“Building on the success of our 22FDX design flow with the Cadence digital solution, our continued collaboration takes us to the next level with a fully cloud-based implementation that provides flexibility and performance for our joint customers,” said Mark Ireland. , veep from GlobalFoundries. of ecosystem and design solutions.
One chip designer cited by Cadence who has benefited is Xenergic, who said he was 5x more productive recording a low-power memory test chip using the cloud-based design flow of Cadence.
“We have successfully scaled cloud resources during peak demand, and we look forward to continuing to leverage this solution from Cadence, GF, and AWS to accelerate development times with our upcoming low-power product designs,” said Xenergic CEO Babak Mohammadi.
GlobalFoundries’ qualification of Cadence’s tools on AWS comes after the chipmaker last fall qualified its 22FDX fabrication technology for cloud-based design tools made by Cadence rival Synposis.
These moves represent a larger trend of chip designers shifting electronics design automation workloads to cloud services. In December 2020, for example, chip designer Arm said it had migrated production-grade EDA workloads to Arm-based AWS cloud instances, allowing it to reduce the costs and complexities associated with chip design while improving performance by 6. NXP Semiconductors has also moved all of its chip design workloads to AWS. ®