UltraSoC and Moortec Semiconductor today announced that they are cooperating on system-on-chip (SoC)
monitoring and analytics intellectual property (IP) to enable a new generation
of Process, Voltage and Temperature (PVT) sensor sub-systems. By integrating UltraSoC’s
digital monitoring and optimization capabilities, with Moortec’s
industry-leading PVT products this enables powerful, chip-wide infrastructure to
improve SoC performance and reliability.

Moortec’s PVT sensor sub-systems are widely used
thoroughout the industy to allow intelligent control of system clock
frequencies and voltage levels within supply domains, by sensing die
temperature, logic speed and voltage supply levels while the device is
in-service. UltraSoC’s on-chip monitoring and analytics architecture allows
complementary monitoring and analysis in the digital domain, enabling non-intrusive,
wire-speed capture and logging of information about the real-world operation of
SoCs.

The option of combining these two technologies delivers a new generation
of “smart” PVT sensors, with local intelligence, that allows architects to
develop more sophisticated control techniques, benefitting from UltraSoC’s embedded
analytic and communication capabilities. This collaboration enables ICs to be
equipped with advanced features such as built-in preventive maintenance, load
balancing to reduce failures and better control of power consumption for longer
battery life.

“Too often people believe that SoCs are ideal
digital devices, making assumptions about perfect implementations. But in
reality they are far more complex physical, quasi-analog, systems,” said Rupert
Baines, UltraSoC CEO. “System engineers need to understand the real-world
behaviors and Moortec has a unique approach to achieving that with their PVT
sensors. We’re delighted that Moortec have chosen UltraSoC’s processing and
analytics capabilities. The combination allows architects to dramatically
improve the reliability, battery-life and performance of their devices.”

Stephen Crosher, Managing Director of Moortec Semiconductor, commented:
“UltraSoC and Moortec have complementary technologies, both of which help
development teams to improve the operation of their SoCs. UltraSoC’s semiconductor
IP adds intelligence alongside our monitors, enabling real-time alerts,
decision making and long-term statistical analysis. The bottom line for SoC
designers is better product quality, higher device performance, faster
time-to-market and reduced risk.”

Moortec’s on-chip PVT monitoring IP addresses
the challenges faced by SoC design teams creating complex ICs at small process
geometries, for applications such as personal mobile technology and multi-core
server configurations. In this environment, performance can vary significantly
from chip-to-chip, and even between different areas on the same device: a
phenomenon known as process variability. Moortec helps to mitigate these
effects by gathering information about the chip’s electrical performance, and
“tuning” parameters such as power supply voltage and clock speed to produce the
optimum combination of power consumption and performance.

UltraSoC’s suite of silicon IP allows designers to create an on-chip
infrastructure that non-intrusively monitors the digital aspects of the chip’s
behavior – both hardware and software. The engineering team can gain a much
more intimate understanding of the often complex interactions between diverse
on-chip processor blocks, custom logic, and system software. These capabilities
are valuable both in development and in-field, when they can be used to spot
unexpected behavior caused by bugs or by malicious interference, and to analyze
performance trends. UltraSoC was awarded “Cool Vendor 2016” by Gartner Group,
and listed in the LEAP 100 of the most exciting businesses in UK by City.AM and
Mishcon del Reya.

About Moortec Semiconductor

Established in 2005
Moortec provides compelling embedded sub-system IP solutions for Process,
Voltage & Temperature (PVT) monitoring, targeting advanced node CMOS
technologies from 40nm down to 7nm. Moortec’s in-chip sensing solutions support
the semiconductor design community’s demands for increased device reliability
and enhanced performance optimization, enabling schemes such as DVFS, AVS and
power management control systems. Moortec provides excellent support for IP
application, integration and device test during production. For more
information please visit www.moortec.com

About UltraSoC

UltraSoC is an independent provider of SoC
infrastructure that enables rapid development of embedded systems based on
advanced SoC devices. The company is headquartered in Cambridge, United
Kingdom. For more information visit www.ultrasoc.com

Contacts

Moortec

Ramsay Allen    

ramsay.allen@moortec.com

+44 1752 875133

UltraSoc

Andy Gothard

andy.gothard@ultrasoc.com

+44 7768 082 044

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