16nm Processor Design Technology Brings Power Consumption, Cost & Footprint Reductions

20 September 2023

NeoLogic is looking to disrupt the embedded system industry with a game-changing new processor design technology. Leveraging its 16nm Quasi-CMOS process, this platform is based on Arm processor cores.

Quasi-CMOS boosts computational capacity/W/mm2 - making it advantageous when it comes to the heavy processing workloads now being witnessed for video streaming, artificial intelligence (AI), data analysis, edge computing, etc. 

The company circumvents the limitations of conventional CMOS by ramping of the number of inputs via altering the topology to reduce the transistors needed. Its proprietary standard cell architecture is comprised of a single-stage high fan-in (8 to 16 input) arrangement. This translates into up to a 50% curbing of power consumption compared to the most advanced equivalent CMOS cells and a simultaneous 40% reduction in overall area. NeoLogic expects to tape-out before the end of the year. Also, 5nm and 3nm node solutions are currently under development. 

As Dr. Avi Messica, CEO of NeoLogic, explains; "Utilising Quasi-CMOS for processor development delivers a technological leap in performance. Our design technology enables us to design a 16nm processor that delivers performance equivalent to more advanced – sub 16nm - technology nodes, while saving development (NRE) and manufacturing (OPEX) costs. Reducing the processor’s power consumption in data centres leads to significant cost savings (cooling, electricity, infrastructure)."

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