Embedded storage elements on next MCU generation ready for AI on the edge


The main objective of the storAIge project is the development and industrialization of FDSOI 28nm and next generation embedded Phase Change Memory (ePCM) world-class semiconductor technologies, allowing the prototyping of high performance, Ultra low power and secured & safety System on Chip (SoC) solutions enabling competitive Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Edge applications. The main challenge addressed by the project is on one hand to handle the complexity of sub-28nm ‘more than moore’ technologies and to bring them up at a high maturity level and on the other hand to handle the design of complex SoCs for more intelligent, secure, flexible, low power consumption and cost effective. The project is targeting chipset and solutions with very efficient memories and high computing power targeting 10 Tops per Watt. The development of the most advanced automotive microcontrollers in FDSOI 28nm ePCM will be the support technology to demonstrate the high performances path as well as the robustness of the ePCM solution. The next generation of FDSOI ePCM will be main path for general purpose advanced microcontrollers usable for large volume Edge AI application in industrial and consumer markets with the best compromise on three requirements: performances, low power and adequate security. On top of the development and industrialization of silicon process lines and SoC design, storAIge will also address new design methodologies and tools to facilitate the exploitation of these advanced technology nodes, particularly for high performance microcontrollers having AI capabilities. Activities will be performed to setup robust and adequate Security and Safety level in the final applications, defining and implementing the good ‘mixture’ and tradeoff between HW and SW solutions to speed up adoption for large volume applications.  

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Eleonora Franchi Scarselli

Unibo involved Department/s:
Centro di Ricerca sui Sistemi Elettronici per l'Ingegneria dell'Informazione e delle Telecomunicazioni "Ercole De Castro" - ARCES (Advanced Research Center on Electronic System)

Stmicroelectronics Crolles 2 Sas(France)

Other Participants:
X-FAB Dresden GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Uppsala Universitet (Sweden)
Cybertron Tech Gmbh (Switzerland)
Turkiye Bilimsel Ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu (Turkey)
Fraunhofer Ipa (Germany)
Knowtion Gmbh (Germany)
Arcelik A.S. (Turkey)
Buyutech Teknoloji Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi (Turkey)
Ustav Teorie Informace A Automatizace Av Cr Vvi-Institute Of Information Theory And Automation Of The Cas (Czech Republic)
Cea-Commissariat A L'Energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternatives (France)
Emmtrix Technologies Gmbh (Germany)
Università degli Studi di TORINO (Italy)
Atlas Copco Industrial Technique AB (Sweden)
Csem Centre Suisse D'Electronique E De Microtechnique (Switzerland)
Istanbul Medipol Universitesi Vafki (Turkey)
Institut Mikroelektronickych Aplikaci S.R.O. (Czech Republic)
Université d'Aix-Marseille (AMU) (France)
Imms Institut Fuer Mikroelektronik- Und Mechatronik-Systeme Gmbh (Germany)
Endiio Engineering Gmbh (Germany)
Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario Per La Nanoelettronica (Italy)
Stmicroelectronics (Grenoble2) Sas (France)
Thales Dis France Sa (France)
Zf Friedrichshafen Ag (Germany)
Ford Otomotiv Sanayi A.S. (Turkey)
Micro-Sensys Gmbh (Germany)
X-Fab Global Services Gmbh (Germany)
Edc Electronic Design Chemnitz Gmbh (Germany)
Pfeiffer Vacuum Italia S.P.A. (Italy)
Imec (Belgium)
Université Grenoble Alpes (France)
Technische Universität Darmstadt Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Darmstadt (Germany)
STMicroelectronics S.r.l. (Italy)
KUNGL. TEKNISKA HOGSKOLAN - Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Strikersoft Ab (Sweden)
S.O.I.Tec Silicon On Insulator Technologies Sa (France)
Melexis Gmbh (Germany)
Turkcell Teknoloji Arastirma Ve Gelistirme Anonim Sirketi (Turkey)
Stmicroelectronics (France)
Stmicroelectronics Rousset Sas (France)

Third parties:
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 24.932.343,21
Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/07/2021
End Date: 30/06/2024

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UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101007321