STMicroelectronics and Memoir Systems market Algorithmic Memory

November 07, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
STMicroelectronics in collaboration with Memoir Systems has made the Algorithmic Memory Technology available for embedded memories in ASICs and SoCs manufactured in ST’s fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) process technology.

Memoir has developed Algorithmic Memory IP to use algorithmic techiques to increase the performance of existing embedded memory macros – up to 10X more Memory Operations Per Second (MOPS), and lower area and power consumption. Memoir says;

“Memoir’s algorithms increase the performance of existing memory macros by implementing a variety of techniques such as caching, virtualisation, pipelining, and data encoding; then weaving them together to operate seamlessly. The internals of these techniques are transparent and the result is an Algorithmic Memory, which presents multiple memory interfaces that can all be accessed simultaneously, giving significantly more MOPS. The performance is increased in a completely predictable manner with no exceptions whatsoever, even resolving all traditional row, address, and bank conflicts that may arise due to simultaneous accesses from the multiple interfaces. This means that the performance is guaranteed irrespective of the sequence of simultaneous address accesses and data patterns. This performance guarantee has been mathematically proven using adversarial analysis models. Moreover, each implementation of Algorithmic Memory is formally verified.”

When integrated into products made using ST’s FD-SOI, Memoir’s Algorithmic Memories deliver, the two companies say, uncompromised performance as a result of FD-SOI’s power and performance advantages. Combining FD-SOI’s extremely low Soft Error Rate and ultra-low leakage currents creates a product suitable for mission-critical applications, including networking, transportation, medical, and aerospace programs.

“On its own, FD-SOI process technology produces ASICs and SoCs that run faster and cooler than devices built from alternative process technologies,” said Philippe Magarshack, Executive Vice President, Design Enablement and Services, STMicroelectronics. “In adding third-party intellectual property from Memoir Systems, we are making FD-SOI even more appealing and demonstrating how simple porting is.”

“With our commitment to breakthrough memory technology, accelerated design times, and extreme high-performance, making our Algorithmic Memory Technology available on FD-SOI was important to us and our customers, “said Sundar Iyer, co-founder and CEO at Memoir Systems. “The ease of porting, together with the performance we’ve seen,