New Chip Design and Manufacturing Package Lets Entrepreneurs and Developers of All Experience Levels Design, Code and Make Smart Devices for Home, Entertainment, Health and More
zGlue, an as-a-service company for creating AI and IoT-powered chips on-demand, announced its ChipBuilderTM Pro Package to quickly and easily enable the next generation consumer experiences on IoT and AI-powered devices.
According to IHS Markit Technology, a division of Informa Group, the number of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices worldwide will jump 12 percent on average annually, from nearly 27 billion in 2017 to 125 billion in 2030.
To enable this growth, flexible, accelerated chip design solutions will be needed. zGlue is positioned to address this demand by allowing whole systems to be converted into chips with a total development time of weeks. Traditional methods such as System-on-a-Chip projects often takes years to do the same while PCB based systems don’t meet the size needs.
“With the explosive growth of IoT and AI, all in size limited systems, the need for greater agility in design and development will only increase. zGlue’s SmartFabric makes chip design and production easier and faster for the next generation of wireless, wearable and IoT innovators,” said Ming Zhang, Co-founder and CEO of zGlue.
ChipBuilder Pro is a disruptive, end-to-end chip design and manufacturing package that speeds development and lets entrepreneurs and developers of all experience levels design, code and make wearable, medical and other connected devices. A custom chip can be built from existing chiplets from a multitude of zGlue’s third party providers and integrated into a single package.
“ChipBuilder Pro fundamentally transforms the traditional semiconductor business model, democratizing chip design and manufacturing with a much more flexible and modular approach,” added Zhang. “Both big and small companies are investigating how zGlue fits into their development strategy. Google is funding two experimental projects in partnership with zGlue and Antmicro to understand how zGlue can allow for maintaining design footprint and mechanical compatibility.”
“Allowing continuous evolution and changes to hardware during all stages of development, manufacturing and deployment is needed to meet continuous changing customer demands,” said Tim Ansell from Google in a recent presentation at the RISC-V Summit.
The ChipBuilder software leverages zGlue’s patented Smart Fabric technology for 2.5D chiplet integration to deliver a drag and drop integration experience, permitting developers to quickly make a heterogeneous chip. Industrial partnership is an essential part of zGlue’s ecosystem strategy. For example, zGlue and Cypress partnered to build two reference systems targeting wearable and smart home applications. The systems included Cypress’s industry leading PSOC and WiFi chiplets for integration with zGlue Smart Fabric, through the zGlue Shuttle program. “ChipBuilder Pro allows users to accelerate product innovation and market entry by being able to iterate more quickly and more often,” said John Weil, VP of marketing, Cypress Semiconductor. “The solution will improve our ability to efficiently address the demand of our customers who are focused on delivering lightweight, customer-centric products.”
Built on TSMC’s industry leading technology, ChipBuilder Pro offers customers the ability to quickly create unique products with space and power saving advantages to well fit into the growing IoT market. “We’re very pleased with the result of our collaboration with zGlue in developing its ChipBuilder Pro Package on TSMC’s leading technology, enabling a highly flexible platform for heterogeneous integration,” said Lucas Tsai, Director of Emerging Accounts, TSMC North America. “TSMC has a long track record of working with emerging IC innovators to enable their product prototypes. We will continue to work closely with our customers and help them unleash their silicon innovations to seize the growth opportunity for the upcoming AI and 5G era.”
zGlue, named a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Honoree, also today unveiled its new ChipBuilder 3.0 software, which is free to community users. The software allows users to design and visualize new ZIP (zGlue Integrated Platform) systems, request the addition of new chiplets to zGlue’s library and share designs with the rest of the ChipBuilder community, thereby offering an open, robust design resource center for developers. Developers can create chip designs from scratch or select from 1500 existing chiplets, available from the zGlue ChipletStore™, with new chiplets being added continually. They also can choose from 60 Quickstart Templates to modify or use as-is or as an inspiration for designing a variety of devices ranging from smart home to wearables and medical devices, and more.
Being processor and system agnostic, devices leveraging Microsoft Azure or Arm’s Platform Security Architecture can be delivered in a ZiP. Because ChipBuilder uses Microsoft Azure cloud, products developed with ChipBuilder benefit from industry-leading security, reliability, compliance, privacy, and a vast network of people, partners, and processes. The level of security, enabled through more than $1B of annual spend and dedication of over 3500 cybersecurity professionals, is being entrusted for silicon and electronics development by both commercial and government (DoD) entities.