GlobalFoundries, a contract maker of semiconductors, has signed a deal with Invecas, a newly formed design services provider. Under the terms of the agreement, Invecas will help customers of GlobalFoundries to design chips to be made using leading-edge semiconductor process technologies.
It is not an easy task to design chips for all-new process technologies, such as 14nm. As a result, many companies do not transit to newer fabrication processes right after they become available. Invecas will focus on offering design services for GlobalFoundries’ leading-edge processes including 14nm FinFET, addressing multiple market segments including high-performance computing, consumer electronics, and mobile communications.
Through Invecas, customers will have access to a broad range of services such as system design, embedded software design, SoC design and verification, and physical implementation. Invecas will provide its clients a wide selection of design IP across various GlobalFoundries process nodes, including standard cells, IOs, memories, analog, and complex interface IP solutions. The center will expand the availability and affordability of IP solutions for GlobalFoundries’ advanced process technologies.
“These newly launched centers will provide a significant complement to our in-house global design solutions capabilities while enhancing our existing ecosystem of design and IP partners,” said Gregg Bartlett, senior vice president of product management at GlobalFoundries. “The Invecas team has a strong track record of providing spec-to-silicon solutions for complex SoC designs in multiple high-volume market segments. They will be an excellent partner to help us expand the services available to customers designing products on the leading edge of technology.”
Invecas will operate design service centers in Santa Clara, Calif., Burlington, Vermont, Bangalore, India and Hyderabad, India. Invecas has over 600 employees in the U.S. and India. Some of Invecas’ engineers worked at AMD and IBM previously.
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KitGuru Says: Providing additional services will help GlobalFoundries to land more customers and better compete against its rivals TSMC and UMC. In fact, additional services provided by TSMC greatly help the Taiwanese company to gain customers and retain leading positions on the market of contract production of semiconductors.