IoT test chip, board for highly efficient, secure designs

May 16, 2019 //By Wisse Hettinga
IoT test chip, board for highly efficient, secure designs
Built on Samsung Foundry 28nm FD-SOI process technology, Arm demonstrates the Musca-S1 test chip, a new choice in SoC design for IoT solutions

At the Samsung Foundry Forum, Arm, in collaboration with Samsung Foundry, Cadence, and Sondrel, demonstrated the first 28nm fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) embedded MagnetoResistive Random Access Memory (eMRAM) IoT test chip and development board. The Musca-S1 is designed to offer more choice to IoT designers in their system-on-chip (SoC) development journey. Designers can now easily implement more secure, holistic IoT solutions, enabling them to focus more on core product differentiation and accelerating time-to-market.

Relative to previous Musca solutions, the Musca-S1 test chip board now includes testing and evaluation of new eMRAM technology for reliable, low-power and secure device development through secure memory implementation. eMRAM technology offers advantages over traditional embedded flash (eFlash) memory technology, as it can easily scale below 40nm process technology, giving SoC designers more flexibility to scale their memory needs based on the memory and power requirements of various use-cases.

Musca-S1 test chip demonstrates a combination of on-chip power control, Samsung Foundry’s Reverse Body Biasing (RBB) and eMRAM non-volatile memory power shutdown, allowing for testing and evaluation of new classes of highly energy-efficient, controlled IoT devices. And for the first time on Samsung Foundry silicon, designers will have the opportunity to run Arm® Mbed™OS as well as test device and data management capabilities using the Arm Pelion™ IoT platform.

By combining Arm IP and software solutions on a single board, IoT designers can test and evaluate Arm’s end-to-end secure IoT solution, showcasing highly energy-efficient and secure IoT at scale. Additionally, the Musca-S1 test chip board can further reduce costs and time-to-market by giving designers the flexibility to repurpose the reference design for future products.

The Musca-S1 will be available in limited quantities in Q3 2019, and is targeted for loan to customers in Q4 2019. Contact Arm at www.arm.com for more information on the Musca-S1 test chip and development board.

Related eeNews reports on eMRAM:  www.eenewsembedded.com/news/arm-supports-emram-samsungs-fdsoi-process

 

 


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