Sheffield based SRAM developer sureCore is to collaborate with Belgian research centre imec on low power SRAM IP. Under the agreement, sureCore will license some of imec's SRAM design IP, whilst imec will make what is called a 'participation' in sureCore, which will establish an office in Leuven.
"This collaboration is strategically very significant for us," said Paul Wells, sureCore's CEO. "This will enable expertise to be pooled and shared to drive forward the development of low power SRAM IP solutions. Imec has world renowned silicon process expertise and an extensive IP portfolio that we will access."
"We are convinced of the effectiveness of sureCore's SRAM IP technology to solve the power issues of next generation wearable electronics and IoT applications, where extending battery life is crucial. It is also valuable in the networking space, where power and heat dissipation are critical considerations," said Ludo Deferm, pictured, imec's executive vice president of corporate, business and public affairs.
Guillaume d'Eyssautier, sureCore's Chairman, claimed 'a discontinuity in Moore's Law means that 1million transistors will cost more and consume more power at 20nm than at 28nm'. "As a result, for many applications, 40/28nm bulk CMOS, as well as 28nm FDSOI, will be cost effective for a long time and being able to cut power consumption with better SRAM IP will make a significant commercial difference."