zGlue, a custom-chips-on-demand company, is launching their ChipBuilder 2.0 platform, the latest version of the company’s free online tool that accelerates the path from concept to custom chip delivery. ChipBuilder 2.0 introduces new features to unlock the potential of zGlue technology and maximize efficiency in chip design. “zGlue enables the best-in-class single-chip integration solution for connected things, with the additional benefits of security, miniaturization, and fast time to market. Empowered by zGlue’s proprietary silicon- based heterogenous integration technology, ChipBuilder 2.0 users enjoy a seamless path from development and prototype to mass production and deployment,” said Ming Zhang, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of zGlue.
The previous ChipBuilder release revolutionized the chip design ecosystem with an end-to-end methodology transforming ideas into custom chip designs in minutes. ChipBuilder 2.0 improves on the previous version with new and enhanced design tools by streamlining the chip design process into 3 simple steps: (1) Design, (2) Code, and (3) Make. ChipBuilder 2.0 brings many new features to the table. The platform now provides collaboration options with revision control systems installed to facilitate a smooth design process among teams. Besides the additional collaboration options among users, the ChipBuilder 2.0 platform now offers more chiplet options from an expanded Chiplet library, as well as the ability to suggest new chiplets by importing with the open zGlue Exchange Format (.ZEF). ChipBuilder 2.0 also promotes optimization when designing chips, as the latest version integrates with additional features in zGlue’s proprietary Smart Fabric. With the enhanced ChipBuilder 2.0 tool, it is now possible to route digital signals at a speed ten times faster than the original (and still available) analog routing.
In addition to new features inside of the chip, the finished chip package has also been refined with added user flexibility. LGA packages are now available and optimized for system size reduction. Along with this new package type, the tool provides control over the package connections and a 3D model for easy visibility of connection mapping. To ensure a comprehensive chip making process, ChipBuilder 2.0 provides a central hub for chip and chiplet programming. Chip designers can easily download appropriate drivers as well as the API for interacting with zGlue’s Smart Fabric. The added dynamic system schematics configuration also enables connection observability and control on development kits, allowing users to quickly identify issues and make adjustments in real time while enhancing the security of products in the field. Once the design is complete, it can be submitted to the zGlue Shuttle Program for chip manufacturing, with prototypes ready within one month of the shuttle departure. The shortened design time and rapid manufacturing supported by zGlue’s process enables multiple devices to be developed in parallel, with immediate options for high volume manufacturing. “zGlue has recognized that our flexible Smart Fabric permits higher security with little extra effort on the part of a designer. In addition to putting chiplets in a secure package architecture, certain connection ports can be disabled or re-enabled under the control of the designer,” said Greg Taylor, former Intel Fellow and current zGlue Fellow. The latest ChipBuilder 2.0 will be launching on June 25, 2019.