This week, Intel became a new member of the CHIPS Alliance. Although chips Alliance’s organization is not large as an industry alliance, the chip giant values its drive for the various applications that open source SoC and SiP develop. In addition, Intel has generously contributed its own advanced interface bus to the CHIPS Alliance, making it easy for developers to access and interoperability with compatible chips.
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Intel’s Advanced Interface Bus (AIB) is known to be designed for use with system-level packaging (SiP) devices. As a high bandwidth, low-power, chip-to-chip physical layer (PHY) standard, it uses the same clock-forwardparallel parallel data transfer mechanism as modern DDR Dynamic Random Memory (DRAM).
This technology is independent of manufacturing processes and packaging technologies and can be used in different types of packages to connect a variety of chips/small chips, including Intel’s own embedded multi-chip interconnect bridge (EMIB), TSMC’s chip-on-chip package (CoWoS), and other 2.5D technologies from numerous vendors.
Now, Intel’s decision to provide free access to its own AIB interface to third parties, joining CHIPS Alliance and contributing its technology is an important step in its efforts to increase its adoption.
By providing AIBS to a fairly wide range of chip designers, Intel wants to encourage the development of a small chip ecosystem that works with its own CPU, GPU, FPGAs, and other components to build a dedicated multi-core SiP package.
Now that CHIPS Alliance has taken control of the AIB Advanced Interface Bus specification, further development of the technology will be left to the Interconnectwork Group and will soon become operational.
As a member of the Alliance, Intel will be able to make a further contribution to the development of aIB. At the same time, the company will have a seat on the board of CHIPS Alliance.
Dr. Zvonimir Bandi?
“Intel chose the CHIPS Alliance to guide the validation of the AIB specification, which will have a profound impact on the organization’s open source hardware and software development tools. At the same time, we look forward to using AIB as an open source small chip interface faster.”