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Scaleo chip introduces 1st automotive MCU manufactured using GLOBALFOUNDRIES 55nm automotive-specific semiconductor platform

5 June 2014

Scaleo chip has introduced an automotive microcontroller manufactured with the new GLOBALFOUNDRIES 55nm automotive-specific advanced semiconductor manufacturing platform.

Scaleo chip, a fabless semiconductor company in automotive electronics for powertrain, body control and driver-information, used the GLOBALFOUNDRIES 55nm eFlash NVM Platform to develop a new family of microcontrollers embedding novel technologies related to real-time process and control of highly electrified internal combustion engines and electric motors based on programmable logic (AMEC), as well as a set of ISO 26262 compliant functional safety features which improve powertrain system safety integrity and accuracy (SILant).

GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a provider of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology and a member of the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC), developed the optimized semiconductor manufacturing platform to specifically meet the stringent and evolving needs of the automotive industry.

Built on the company's 55nm Low Power process and AEC-Q100 Group D qualified, the platform supports the implementation of non-volatile memory (NVM) in MCUs and SoC designs, as well as best-in-class, automotive grade SST-based embedded flash technology.

With a projected revenue growth of about 11% over the 2013-2016 period, automotive semiconductors are one of the fastest growing segments, with about twice the growth rate of the mobile device segment. The growing need for fuel-efficient, eco-friendly, safer and more connected cars is sustaining an increase of electronics content in vehicles. Powertrain applications are one of the fastest growing sub-segments and car manufacturers require more integrated, powerful and complex electronic systems to address both the ISO 26262 functional safety standard along with mandatory reduction of emissions and fuel consumption.

Scaleo chip designs, develops and sells complete and high-value solutions, combining System-on-Chip (SoC) and embedded software for the future of automotive electronics industry. Scaleo chip product offering includes standard automotive microcontrollers addressing powertrain, body control, driver information and infotainment applications. The company leverages its technology and know-how by offering additionally custom products development and manufacturing for applications requiring added quality constraints as in defense or industrial markets.

Launched in March 2009, GLOBALFOUNDRIES has quickly achieved scale as the second largest foundry in the world, providing a combination of advanced technology and manufacturing to more than 160 customers. With operations in Singapore, Germany and the United States, GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the only foundry that offers the flexibility and security of manufacturing centers spanning three continents. The company's three 300mm fabs and five 200mm fabs provide the full range of process technologies from mainstream to the leading edge. This global manufacturing footprint is supported by major facilities for research, development and design enablement located near hubs of semiconductor activity in the United States, Europe and Asia.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is owned by Mubadala Development Company.

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