ARM signs 14nm deal for TSMC's FinFETs
July 23, 2012 // Nick Flaherty
Cambridge processor designer ARM has signed a multi-year agreement with global foundry TSMC to take FinFET transistors below 20nm for ARM's next generation of 64bit designs.
The collaboration is intended to optimize the next generation of ARMv8 64bit processors and ARM's Artisan physical intellectual property (IP) for TSMC’s 3D FinFET transistors for use in both mobile and enterprise markets.
The collaboration will enable sharing of technical information and feedback between the two companies: ARM will use process information to optimize the power, performance and area (PPA) of the overall solution to reduce risk and encourage early adoption while TSMC will use the latest ARM processors and technology to benchmark and tune the FinFET process technologies.
The ARMv8 architecture extends ARM low-power leadership with a new energy-efficient 64-bit execution state to meet the performance demands of high-end mobile, enterprise and server applications. The 64-bit architecture has been designed specifically to enable energy-efficient implementations. Similarly, the 64-bit memory addressing and high-end performance are necessary to enable enterprise computing and network infrastructure that are fundamental for the mobile and cloud-computing markets. TSMC’s FinFET process promises higher speed and power improvements as well as leakage reduction.
“By working closely with TSMC, we are able to leverage TSMC’s ability to quickly ramp volume production of highly integrated SoCs in advanced silicon process technology,” said Simon Segars, executive vice president and general manager, Processor and Physical IP Divisions, ARM. “The ongoing deep collaboration with TSMC provides customers earlier access to FinFET technology to bring high-performance, power-efficient products to market.”
“This collaboration brings two industry leaders together earlier than ever before to optimize our FinFET process with ARM’s 64-bit processors and physical IP,” said Cliff Hou, vice president, TSMC Research & Development. “We can successfully achieve targets for high speed, low voltage and low leakage, thereby satisfying the requirements of our mutual customers and meeting their time-to-market goals.”
OmniVision, eyeSight, push gesture towards the smartphone
March 02, 2015
CMOS image sensor vendor OmniVision Technologies Inc. is collaborating with software company eyeSight Technologies Ltd. to ...
Fraunhofer, Nokia jointly run LTE-A testbed
NXP, Freescale plan mega merger
Semitrex' ultimate goal: "one size fits all" power conversion
Graphene polymer speeds electron transport
Samsung phones pack 14nm SoC
March 02, 2015
Samsung will pack a handful of new technologies -- including a 14nm Exynos applications processor -- into its new Galaxy ...
Benchmark Stresses Big Chips
Consortium releases digital point-of-load specification
Can flow battery advance lower urban power costs?
- Software-Defined Radio Handbook
- A Four-Quadrant DC/DC Switching Regulator Smoothly Transitions from Positive to Negative Output Voltages for FPGA and Other Applications
- LED Driver with Integrated Spread Spectrum Reduces EMI without Adding Flicker
- Accelerate SDN and NFV with Off-the-Shelf Software
InterviewInfineon: CAN FD success goes at the expense of FlexRay
The faster version of the venerable CAN bus, CAN FD is currently taking off at several carmakers. Infineon's Thomas Böhm, Head of Body / Automotive, believes this could well go at the expense of FlexRay. ...
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
To ensure you have a good start in 2015, Freescale is giving away five of its QorIQ TWR-LS1021A Tower system modules, worth USD269 each, for EETimes Europe's readers to win.
The module is the most feature-rich and high-performance Tower system offered by Freescale, enabling compatibility and interoperability with the growing list of Tower expansion modules, offering an easily accessible...MORE INFO AND LAST MONTH' WINNERS...
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.