SiPearl Selects Ansys’ Power Signoff Solution for European Supercomputer Chip

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March 01, 2022 — SiPearl today said the Ansys multiphysics platform has been selected by SiPearl, Europe’s exascale supercomputer chip project for development of its high performance computing (HPC) microprocessor family as part of the European Processor Initiative (EPI). SiPearl will use the Ansys RedHawk-SC simulation platform with the intent to validate semiconductor power integrity, minimize power consumption and accelerate development time of its Rhea family of microprocessors.

Rhea is a high-performance, low-power family of microprocessors to support Europe’s technological sovereignty strategy in mission-critical semiconductors. SiPearl will use the Ansys RedHawk-SC power integrity and reliability platform for multiphysics signoff to develop the system-on-chip (SoC), which SiPeal said will perform 1 quintillion calculations per second.

“Ansys’ industry-leading simulation platform will enable us to ensure the low-power performance and reliability of our microprocessor,” said Philippe Notton, CEO and founder of SiPearl. “With Ansys’ world-class RedHawk-SC signoff solution, we can achieve industry-leading performance and deliver our prototype in a timely manner to power Europe’s supercomputer of the future.”

SiPearl collaborates with its 27 EPI partners – scientific community, supercomputing centers and leading names from the IT, electronics, and automotive industries – to develop a first-generation family of microprocessors, known as Rhea, by 2022-2023, and plans to launch a second-generation family of microprocessors, known as Cronos, in 2023-2024.

“Power management has become an essential primary concern for chip designers at advanced silicon processes,” said John Lee, vice president and general manager of the electronics, semiconductor, and optics business unit at Ansys. “We are collaborating with the silicon foundries and major semiconductor customers to develop our high-capacity simulation platforms that integrate multiple physical effects to ensure high-fidelity results and the fastest time-to-results.”