SEATTLE and EINDHOVEN, Netherlands — NXP Semiconductors is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to migrate the majority of its electronic design automation (EDA) workloads from NXP data centers to AWS.
NXP selected AWS as its preferred cloud provider and is using several AWS offerings: high performance computing (HPC), storage, analytics, and machine learning (ML), according to AWS last month.
The semiconductor manufacturer’s engagement with AWS is intended to help NXP enhance collaboration and EDA throughput across dozens of its worldwide design centers, while reducing costs with elastic scaling of compute resources and minimizing scheduling risks for design projects. NXP engineers also gain more time to focus on innovation rather than managing compute resources.
Running on AWS, NXP aims to achieve long-term process improvements that transform how semiconductors are designed and tested: by advancing multiple projects at the same time on demand, regardless of their complexity, and running dozens of performance simulations in parallel to accelerate time to result.
Key AWS solutions being used by NXP
Analytics and machine learning: to continuously refine its research and development workflows
Amazon QuickSight: ML-powered business intelligence (BI) to generate more powerful engineering and operational insights that help increase workflow efficiency. For example, by rapidly translating results from one step of testing into modifications for another, NXP can reduce the time required to iterate chip designs.
Amazon SageMaker: helps developers and data scientists build, train, and deploy ML models to optimize how it structures compute, storage, and third-party software application licenses. To support this work, NXP is building a data lake on AWS using Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and AWS Glue to extract, transform, and load data.
Amazon FSx for Lustre: storage for compute workloads like EDA to store petabytes of design simulation data and make it quickly available for analysis
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“We believe cloud-based EDA is critical to accelerating semiconductor innovation and getting new designs to market faster to power an increasingly digital world where more and more devices and infrastructure are connected,” said Olli Hyyppa, CIO and SVP, NXP Semiconductors.
“We’re excited to expand our relationship with AWS to power the next generation of EDA workloads in the cloud. This will give precious time back to our design engineers to focus on innovation and lead the transformation of the semiconductor industry.”
The migration to AWS will help NXP produce chips that power innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT), connected cars, and more, said Dave Brown, VP of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, AWS.
“We look forward to seeing what becomes possible when chip design moves to the cloud at such a large scale,” Brown said.
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