Plymouth, UK (2nd June 2015) – Moortec Semiconductor Limited (www.moortec.com), provider of on chip monitoring and optimization IP for advanced node CMOS technologies, has become a PRiME Programme Associate (www.prime-project.org). The PRiME Associate membership is designed for companies who operate in fields with a clear synergy to the research areas being pursued by PRiME.
PRiME is a Â£5.6m EPSRC funded five year program (2013-2018) which brings together four universities (University of Southampton, Imperial College London, University of Manchester, University of Newcastle) with world-leading expertise in the complementary research areas of; low-power, highly-parallel, reconfigurable and dependable computing and verified software design. Working in collaboration with industrial partners (ARM, Imagination Technologies, Altera, Microsoft Research, Freescale) and international visiting experts, PRiME’s objective is to tackle the challenge of developing the theory and practice of future high-performance embedded systems, which utilize many-core processors, to enable processor core scaling with sustainable energy consumption and reliability.
Moortec Semiconductor have been tackling the issue presented by complex, multi-core processor System on Chip (SoC) designs, which although enabling a marketplace of compelling electronic products attractive to the consumer, do however come with some very real challenges. Developers of advanced node devices, on technologies such as 28-nm and FinFET, are becoming increasingly aware of the issues of heat, voltage supply and variations within the manufacturing process. To tackle these issues, Moortec provide process, voltage and temperature (PVT) monitoring IP solutions that are embedded within SoC designs. The on-chip monitors allow for dynamic performance optimization, as sensing die temperature, detecting logic speed and monitoring voltage supply levels can be used intelligently to vary system clock frequencies and the voltage levels of supply domains.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Moortec Semiconductor to the program,” said Gerry Scott, PRiME’s Impact Manager. “Moortec’s Associate Partner membership allows us to share and apply our research results more widely, as well as developing mutually beneficial networks in the semiconductor marketplace. The partnership will further the development of novel optimization solutions for technology companies to exploit.”
“We are excited to become a Programme Associate Member to PRiME,” said Stephen Crosher, Managing Director of Moortec Semiconductor. “There is a synergy between the IP products that Moortec are developing and PRiME’s research in to the over-arching problem of sustainable energy consumption and reliability for multi-processor core devices.”
See www.moortec.com/PVT-IP for more information on Moortec’s Embedded PVT Monitoring solutions.
About Moortec Semiconductor
Moortec Semiconductor deliver IP solutions targeting a wide range of application areas including consumer wireless, telecommunications, high-speed computing, networking and automotive. Specializing in embedded Process, Voltage and Temperature (PVT) sensors targeting advanced nodes, Moortec’s IP enables System on Chip (SoC) designs to be performance optimized on a per die basis. For information please visit www.moortec.com.
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The EPSRC has provided Â£5.6M of funding to support this ambitious program of research. PRiME’s research team has a proven record of academic excellence, having produced over 1000 publications, successfully graduated over 90 PhD students, and held EPSRC research grants as Primary Investigators worth Â£17M over the last 3 years. The investigators’ work continues to inform the latest developments in their respective fields. As well as performing excellent research, the team share the ethos of research being a collaborative endeavor and they are passionate about the application of their research in real-world contexts. To this end, five suitably selected industrial collaborators are engaged upon the program: ARM, Imagination Technologies, Altera, Microsoft Research and Freescale. Four internationally renowned experts have agreed to join PRiME as Visiting Researchers, and three eminent international scientists in areas related to many-core computing have agreed to serve as independent Scientific Advisors. Links with wider industry will be strengthened in collaboration with our knowledge transfer partners: the ICT-KTN (Information & Communications Technologies), ESP-KTN (Electronics, Sensors and Photonics), and the NMI (National Microelectronics Institute).
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