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SoC designers need hardened ARM processors that are optimized for performance and/or power. In today’s IC design, these processors will need to target a specific foundry technology, and sometimes metal stack. They will also need right-sized caches. Finally, the device application will drive whether a purely performance hardening is in order, or a more balanced performance/power tradeoff would yield a better market solution.
Open-Silicon offers processor hardening both as a service and as part of a complete SoC development solution. In addition to proven methodology capability at today’s leading edge process nodes, Open-Silicon brings the experience from over a hundred processor hardenings. In addition, Open-Silicon offers the proprietary and patented CoreMAX and PowerMAX technologies for processor performance and/or power optimization. These technologies came from the 2007 acquisition of Zenasis Technologies, a leader in ARM processor optimization, and have been carried forward as part of Open-Silicon. These technologies offer an ARM-specific library augmentation flow for performance/power optimization. By adding 100-300 new cells to the standard cell library in a couple of Vts, the performance of these processors can be improved 6-10%. Also, Open-Silicon is an ARM POP (performance optimization pack) licensee and can use those additional cells to achieve a market-differentiating performance.
With some of the industry's broadest processor hardening experience, and these MAX technologies, Open-Silicon is one of the leaders in processor implementation for embedded SoC designs.