What is Common Platform technology?
The Common PlatformTM technology is the underlying technology that forms the basis of the collaboration between IBM, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung to enable cross manufacturing. This technology is comprised of bulk CMOS processes and design kits – allowing GDSII compatibility between synchronized 300 mm manufacturing facilities. This technology allows foundry customers to leverage capacity and an expansive common design support network with multi-sourcing capabilities without redesign, from industry-leading manufacturing suppliers.
Who founded the Common Platform technology collaboration?
Common Platform technology collaboration was jointly developed by three founders – IBM, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung Electronics – each of which makes a unique contribution to the collaboration. IBM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES conceptualized the technology at 90 nm. Samsung joined as the collaboration became formalized and expanded for 65 nm and 45 nm. The three companies are listed in marketing materials in order that they came to participate: IBM, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung.
This proven business model continues to gain momentum with the extension of the Common Platform technology portfolio to include the jointly developed 32 nm high–k metal gate CMOS process technology.
What does the Common Platform technology bring to customers?
Common Platform technology enables a single design to be multi–sourced so that customers receive the benefits of:
What does each of the Common Platform technology manufacturing companies bring to the collaboration?
The collaboration of IBM, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung brings unique capabilities to help overcome complex chip-design challenges beyond what any single company could offer individually in the marketplace today.
IBM provides expertise in:
|Amkor||Amkor Technology, Inc.|
|Apache||Apache Design Solutions|
|Analog Bits||Analog Bits, Inc.|
|ARM||Advanced RISC Machines Limited (ARM)|
|Cadence||Cadence Design Systems, Inc.|
|Cosmic Circuits||Cosmic Circuits|
|Magma||Magma Design Automation Inc.|
|Mentor Graphics||Mentor Graphics Corporation|
|MIPS Technologies||MIPS Technologies|
|Ponte||Ponte Solutions Inc.|
|QThink||Quantum Think Group, Inc.|
|True Circuits||True Circuits, Inc.|
|Virage Logic||Virage Logic Corporation|
Common Platform solutions (IP, tools, turnkey/back–end solution or design services) are designed to help OEM customers speed time to market, reduce development risk, lower development costs, and improve return on investment. A provider is permitted to use the Common Platform Solution Provider mark when the provider has compared its offering(s) against the Common Platform technology criteria provided by the Ecosystem Validation Committee (consisting of members from IBM, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung) and has self–validated that the criteria have been met. These criteria are designed to help demonstrate both compatibility with other Common Platform offerings and industry quality–level achievement. The Common Platform Solution Provider mark is not a warranty of performance or quality or any other attribute of an offering, nor is it an affirmation or description by anyone other than the self–validator. To demonstrate compatibility, the provider may be required to manufacture silicon in one of the Common Platform technology facilities.