And it all starts with universities

A secure and trusted environment will enable universities and research institutions access to leading edge manufacturing technologies (PDK), state of the art design tools and the latest cloud computing technologies. Turn-key IC design infrastructure will unburden the users from the cost and complexity of developing and maintaining design flows. Cloud based IC design enables global collaboration among universities and between universities and industry.

Universities have been unable to collaborate on semiconductor design due to incompatible workflows, different EDA tool environments, IP security concerns and complexity in setting up common design environments. Silicon Cloud addresses these issues with its cloud-based, secure semiconductor workflow platform

Silicon Cloud provides an end to end semiconductor design infrastructure that is maintenance-free and provisioned with the latest semiconductor process technologies, production grade workflows, semiconductor Intellectual Property (IP), and Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software. Silicon Cloud’s common and consistent infrastructure enables global semiconductor development and research collaboration, improves time to market, and provides secure access to leading edge EDA tools, process libraries and IP cores.

Professor Yeo Kiat Seng, Associate Provost (Graduate Studies and International Relations) at SUTD, said: “With the increased complexity of today’s semiconductor designs, research collaboration amongst semiconductor research groups is critical to improve design efficiency. The multi-disciplinary environment at SUTD together with its world-class faculty will help our industry partners to accelerate the pace of innovation, both technically and in terms of generating new intellectual properties targeting a broad range of applications, including system-on-chip for future smartphones, storage, tablets and computers.”

“Silicon Cloud’s environment is used to guarantee consistency of the virtual platform, the tools used and the data generated with a laser focus on IP protection and security,” said Dr. Ibrahim Elfadel, head of the Institute Center for Microsystems (iMicro) and professor, Microsystems Engineering, Masdar Institute.

“Silicon Research Corporation (SRC) believes Silicon Cloud International’s design cloud will greatly enhance and facilitate university research in design of integrated circuits at Masdar, Khalifa and other key universities in the area,” said Steve Hillenius, executive vice president of SRC.