Scaleo first customer of Globalfoundries' 55nm automotive platform

June 04, 2014 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
A month ago, chip manufacturer Globalfoundries announced its first 55nm semiconductor platform that meets the requirements of the automotive market. Now the first customer has been unveiled: It is the French microprocessor startup company Scaleo.

The fabless chip company used Globalfoundries' 55nm eFlash NVM Platform to develop its OLEA family of microcontrollers which target powertrain applications. These devices incorporate technologies related to real-time process and control of highly electrified internal combustion engines and electric motors based on programmable logic (AMEC), as well as a set of ISO 26262 compliant functional safety features which improve powertrain system safety integrity and accuracy (SILant).

Globalfoundries developed the semiconductor manufacturing platform to meet the stringent and evolving needs of the automotive industry. Built on the company's 55nm Low Power process and AEC-Q100 Group D qualified, the platform supports the implementation of non-volatile memory (NVM) in MCUs and SoC designs as well as automotive grade SST-based embedded flash technology.

With a projected revenue growth of about 11% over the 2013-2016 period, automotive semiconductors are one of the fastest growing segments, with about twice the growth rate of the mobile device segment. The growing need for fuel-efficient, eco-friendly, safer and more connected cars is sustaining an increase of electronics content in vehicles. Powertrain applications are one of the fastest growing sub-segments and car manufacturers require more integrated, powerful and complex electronic systems to address both the stringent ISO 26262 functional safety standard along with mandatory reduction of emissions and fuel consumption.

OLEA microcontroller silicon samples are already available for selected customers, the fabless chip company said.

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