Electronic Design Automation

Intel forms cloud alliance for foundry services

29 June 2022
An artist rendering of a chip design in the cloud. Source: Intel

Intel Corp. has launched what it calls the next phase of its Intel Foundry Services (IFS) ecosystem with the Cloud Alliance designed to improve customer design, accelerate time-to-market and enable secure design environments in the cloud.

Intel has already signed up Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure as well as key players in electronic design automation (EDA) including Ansys, Cadence, Siemens EDA and Synopsys.

The Cloud Alliance will collaborate with partners to ensure EDA tools are available in the cloud and meet the requirements of Intel’s process design kits (PDKs). This gives designers a path to adopt preferred EDA tools and flows in the cloud environment.

Why it matters

Traditionally, software is run on servers at on-premises data centers, where companies have control over security and confidentiality of valuable product designs. However, some fabless chip designers may not have resources to invest in these capabilities.

Cloud-based solutions give greater access to advanced manufacturing technologies, offering a new path for fabless companies to bring designs to fruition.

Cloud-based design combines EDA tool scalability with parallelism offered by the cloud and supported by design workloads for a wide variety of customers from startups to companies with on-premises compute farms.

New EDA tools and cloud technologies can deliver security and intellectual property (IP) confidentiality while shortening design cycles and accelerating design times.

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