The Internet of Things Starts with the Foundry Process Technology

Posted on 09/24/2014 by

Kelvin Low

The subject of my last couple of blog posts have focused largely around 28nm.  And, with good reason. Industry watchers agree that this process node is expected to have a long shelf life.  While there are flashier, more exciting process nodes to discuss, the reality is that a large majority of SoC designers are going to use 28nm for multiple product generations.

With that in mind, Samsung has taken steps to build out its 28nm process technology portfolio.  In early March this year, we announced the addition of RF to our 28nm process.   This was done with the intent to give designers a head start in developing cool new chips to directly influence the direction of the Internet of Things.

Nitero, a fabless semiconductor company developing high performance, low power 60GHz CMOS solutions, developed their latest 802.11ad design, the NT4600, on our 28nm RF process.  According to Pat Kelly, Nitero’s CEO, 802.11ad, the next generation of Wi-Fi, is the missing link that allows convergence of PC, gaming and entertainment platforms onto a single mobile device. Samsung’s partnership with Nitero has shown what our 28nm RF process and design ecosystem with IP and RF PDK are capable of when applied to the industry’s most advanced wireless technology.

My colleagues, KK Lin and Sven Mesecke, sat down recently with Samsung Semiconductor TV to share more insights into this collaboration on 28nm RF.  Click the image below to see the full conversation.

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Are you considering an IoT chip design?  What are you requirements from a process technology standpoint?  I like to hear from you.

 

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