Online chiplet store launched
The ChipletStore portal allows suppliers of chiplets – a chip of a silicon wafer in a package that is equal to or only slightly larger than the bare die – to list complete descriptions of their chiplets using a vendor console and to control sharing of chiplet information with specific customers. The ChipletStore, says the company, is the industry’s first online library of chiplets with detailed design data, design tool, and manufacturing support for a range of applications from embedded devices to high performance computing.
“Heterogeneous integration of chiplets into integrated circuits is already a growing business,” says Jawad Nasrullah, CTO of zGlue. “A tremendous opportunity awaits, though, when chiplets become available in an accessible fashion similar to silicon design IP blocks.”
“A key enabler for the growth of such chiplet market is standardization of machine-readable representation of chiplets from various angles including architecture, design automation, supply chain, as well as software stacks,” says Nasrullah. “As a chiplet integration company, we are offering tools to enable an ecosystem of companies to serve various upcoming applications of chiplet-based ICs.”
The company had previously created a format for the encoding of chiplet information – called the zGlue chiplet information Exchange Format (ZEF) – that is available as an open source file format. Chiplet manufacturers can use the ZEF format to list the electrical, mechanical, and input/output information of their parts via a vendor console portal.
Chiplets listed via the vendor console, says the company, go through a quality assurance and information security process before they are made available to users on the ChipletStore and ChipBuilder. The ChipBuilder software then allows easy selection and placement of chiplets on the company’s Smart Fabric silicon interposer.
The number of available chiplets has been steadily growing as new chiplet manufacturers join the program, the company says. The available chiplets categories include processors, communication, sensor, memory, and battery management chiplets from the world’s leading semiconductor companies.