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Date: 11-06-17

EnSilica implements SureCore's IoT ref platfom for wearable and medical apps

EnSilica has developed sureCore's new, ultra-low power IoT reference platform for developing wearable consumer and medical applications.

sureCore IoT reference platform is taped out using TSMC's commercially available 40nm Ultra Low Power (40ULP) process tech specifically developed for IoT and wearable applications. TSMC's 40ULP process cuts leakage current by up to 70% and lowers power consumption by up to 30% compared to its Low Power (LP) process.

The sureCore IoT reference platform incorporates derivations of both its EverOn and PowerMiser SRAM IP product lines.  sureCore's SRAM IP can operate at near-threshold bit cell retention voltages and delivering significant dynamic/static power savings. EverOn is capable of operation with supply voltages between 1.21V and 0.6V on commercially available 40ULP processes, across process corners, and across a -40°C to +125°C temperature range. The PowerMiser SRAM family delivers more than 50% dynamic power savings and approximately 20% static power savings compared to industry standard SRAMs available on commercially available 40ULP processes, says EnSilica.

"With proven experience of delivering low power design services, EnSilica was a natural choice for the implementation of our new ultra-low power IoT reference platform," said Eric Gunn, COO of sureCore. "With a demonstrable understanding of how near threshold design can meet customer expectations for battery powered applications, we knew that EnSilica would be able to proceed quickly to successful tape-out. EnSilica's technical appreciation of our technology, as well as deep understanding of TSMC's processes, has ensured a painless route to tape-out."

"We are pleased to be extending our relationship with sureCore on the implementation of its new ultra-low power IoT reference platform," said Ian Lankshear, CEO of EnSilica. "Its EverOn and PowerMiser SRAM IPs are proving a game-changer when it comes to providing SoC developers with ultra-low power, area-efficient memories and its new, ultra-low power IoT reference platform looks set to make the same impact on the next generation of wearable consumer and medical applications."

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