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ARM TechCon 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in advanced semiconductor solutions and Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDNS), a leader in global electronic design innovation, announced today the initial production of Ambarella’s 32-nanometer (nm) HD digital camera system-on-chip (SoC). This SoC, in production at the S1-Line at Samsung’s Giheung facility, was built using 32nm gate-first High-k Metal Gate (HKMG) process technology from Samsung Electronics’ foundry business, Samsung Foundry, a complete Cadence digital design flow including the Encounter and Incisive platforms and ARM Cortex™ processor and Artisan® physical IP. Leveraging the combined technology leadership of Samsung Foundry and Cadence, the new Ambarella A7L SoC brings new levels of performance and power savings to digital lifestyle HD camera applications.
“Teaming with Samsung Foundry and Cadence reduced our risk and gave us access to the most advanced foundry silicon process, superior IP and design methodology in addition to excellent design services,” said Chan Lee, vice president of VLSI, Ambarella, Inc. “Impressively, Samsung Foundry’s process technology, combined with the Cadence digital flow, enabled us to hit our aggressive performance targets while achieving 95 percent power savings during power shutoff mode and 60 percent average power savings over operation and sleep modes.”
Collaboration on this project took place at Samsung Foundry’s design center with engineers from all three companies working side-by-side on all aspects of the Ambarella A7L SoC design, which included several million logic gates and scores of Ambarella’s custom proprietary high speed mixed signal blocks. The teams were able to combine optimized IP, silicon-proven design flows and process technology requirements in real-time to meet the Ambarella next-generation design needs. Ambarella also utilized Samsung Foundry’s full turn-key offering, including manufacturing, test and packaging, to accelerate time to market and simplify the supply chain.
“The close collaboration between industry leaders makes it possible for our customers to thrive in today’s challenging technology environment,” said Ana Hunter, vice president of Foundry, Samsung Semiconductor Inc. “Companies that invest in designs at the advanced process nodes will lead the next-generation of consumer and IT products. Ambarella is clearly on the leading-edge of design innovation, and we’re pleased to have collaborated with Cadence to provide Ambarella with a 32nm HKMG solution for its next-generation camera SoC.”