Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

GF uses Imagination for low-power IoT connectivity

Steve Rogerson
October 4, 2018
Imagination Technologies and GlobalFoundries (GF) are collaborating to deliver low-power connectivity for IoT applications, they announced at GF’s annual GTC conference last week in California.
The collaboration aims to provide low-power baseband and radio frequency for Bluetooth Low Energy and IEEE 802.15.4 technology, using Imagination’s Ensigma connectivity IP on GF’s 22nm FD-SOI (22FDX) platform. In addition, Imagination has joined GF’s FDXcelerator partner programme.
“By working with partners such as GF, we continuously enhance our IP for the latest processes,” said David McBrien, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Imagination. “22FDX is an appealing option for customers designing cost-sensitive devices. The collaboration has made our Ensigma connectivity IP even more power and area efficient. The availability of silicon-proven baseband and RF enables customers to rapidly introduce single-chip wireless devices requiring only a single external antenna.”
The combination of 22FDX technology and Ensigma IP provides a power and cost efficient way to integrate into their system-on-chip (SoC) designs. The collaboration will enable mutual users to create innovative and differentiated connected devices for the IoT using Imagination’s silicon-proven, connectivity engines in GF’s 22FDX process.
“Imagination’s IP and BLE complement GF’s 22FDX FD-SOI capabilities, enabling clients to leverage low-power, low-cost designs for IoT and connected applications,” said Mark Ireland, vice president of ecosystem partnerships at GF. “We are pleased to welcome Imagination as a partner in our FDXcelerator programme to further broaden IP and design service choices and flexibility that will best match client requirements.”
Ensigma IP for 22FDX provides a complete IP system comprising analogue RF and AFE as a hard macro complete with a fully synthesisable baseband IP for applications such as wearable computing, health care and home control. The system for low-power Bluetooth Low Energy and IEEE 802.15.4 is in development with lead customers, with silicon available this quarter.
As a part of GF’s FDXcelerator programme, Imagination will join those committed to providing a broad set of resources, including EDA tools, IP, silicon platforms, reference designs, design services and packaging and test products specific to 22FDX technology. The programme’s open framework enables members to reduce development time and cost while simultaneously leveraging the inherent power and performance advantages of FDX technology. The Ensigma Bluetooth Low Energy and IEEE 802.15.4 baseband and RF IP is available for immediate licensing.