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Increasing Adoption of Chiplets Refashioning the Semiconductor Industry

Chiplets are a simpler way to widen the semiconductor roadmap as it helps to increase performance of device with low power. Many computer, mobile and tech manufacturers are always in a race to come up with a smaller, cheaper and faster devices and this adoption is allowing them to design for different applications and regions at cheaper rate.
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Heterogeneous combination of chiplets into one integrated circuit (IC) is a rising trend in many businesses in recent years. Standardization of machine readable representations from various angles including design automation, software stacks, architecture, and supply chain is an important factor for the growth of Chiplet market.

electronic circuit board close up with chiplets

Computer, mobile and tech manufacturers are always in a race to come up with a smaller, cheaper and faster device. Chiplets are a simpler way to widen the semiconductor roadmap as it helps to increase performance of device with low power. It has become faster to build devices using chiplets that are much cheaper. As there is no limitation on the number of different memories or processing elements that can be patched together, it is estimated that the performance of the chiplets must be greater than or equal to the conventional approaches.

It has been observed that many companies are working on understanding this trend and testing it on their business. For technical support many companies are sharing and collaborating for chiplet solutions.

In the last quarter, Facebook, Achronix, Cisco, Netronome, NXP, and zGlue shared details on the progress of their collaboration to validate technology and business opportunities for chiplet solutions. On the occasion, Strategic Architect of Achronix, Quinn Jacobson said, “As companies look to develop optimized products for accelerating markets such as artificial intelligence, HPC and 5G, they need the opportunity to differentiate their solutions.”

Jacobson added, “Achronix believes that chiplet solutions offer greater flexibility to companies creating next-generation products. Creating a chiplet solution allows smaller semiconductor companies to share their expertise as part of an end-to-end solution without having to create entire solutions themselves.”

To enable an ecosystem of companies to serve various upcoming applications related to chiplet-based ICs, zGlue, a chiplet integration company, launched ChipletStore on September 25th, 2019. ChipletStore is an online portal comprising of chiplet listing and browsing portals. Through this library, suppliers are able to list detailed descriptions of their chiplets by using a vendor console and can control sharing of chiplet information with specific customers.

Previously, becoming the first one to launch products and solutions was a major objective of the companies. They would not even bother about making the products cheaper. But now the trend is changing. Use of chiplets will allow customized designing for different applications and regions at cheaper rates. Industry experts expect that key pieces of IP in the form of chiplets may come from anywhere and this adaption will create tighter competition in the industry.




Neha Mule

Neha writes articles on sectors including medicine, food, materials, and science & technology. A qualified statistician, she has the ability to observe and analyze the trends in global markets and write compelling articles that help CXOs in decision making. She is a bookworm and loves to read fiction, lifestyle, science and technology. Neha comes with 6 years of experience in content writing and editing that involves blog writing, preparation of study materials and OERs.

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