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GlobalFoundries Creates Avera Semiconductor, Spinning Off Custom ASIC

Category: Manufacturers
Posted: 12:10PM

It was not too long GlobalFoundries was in the news as it was putting its work into a 7 nm fabrication process on indefinite hold and now it is making another potentially unexpected move. The company has spun off its ASIC solutions division to Avera Semiconductor, a newly created whole-owned subsidiary. When clients want to develop an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), they will be able to go to Avera Semi for design help, with its expertise and production-proven designs and methodologies. As the press release notes, this is a good time for ASIC development as more and more data is being collected, so efficient and optimized ASICs to process it before transmission, saving on bandwidth, are more valuable.

Naturally Avera will be able to leverage its relationship with GlobalFoundries for its 14/12 nm processes, but it will also be working on solutions for 'alternate foundry processes at 7 nm and beyond.' This means it will be needing to work with other foundries too, such as TSMC, for when it has clients that want to take advantage of the smaller process node. Avera Semiconductor's portfolio includes ARM cores, TCAMs, SRAMs, and SerDes and it will offer advanced packaging options to offer increased bandwidth, remove I/O bottlenecks, reduce memory area, latency, and power.

Source: GlobalFoundries

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