Friday, May 20, 2016

ARM Drives Future Of Premium Mobile Computing With Multicore Test Chip


Bangalore: ARM announced the first multicore, 64-bit ARMv8-A processor test chip based on TSMC’s 10FinFET process technology. Simulation benchmarks show impressive power and efficiency gains relative to TSMC’s 16FinFET+ process technology, which is currently used to implement chips powering many of today’s leading premium smartphones.

The successful validation of the test chip (tape out completed in Q4 of 2015) is an important milestone in ARM and TSMC’s successful ongoing collaboration. The fully validated complete design enablement solution includes IP, EDA tools, design flow and methodology to enable new customer tape-outs on TSMC’s most advanced FinFET process. In addition, SoC designers can now use the foundation IP building blocks (standard cell libraries, embedded memories and standard I/Os) to develop the most competitive SoCs for the highest possible performance with lowest power and area.

“Efficiency is a primary guiding principle in SoC design for premium mobile applications due to increasing demands on device performance,” said Pete Hutton, executive vice president and president of product groups, ARM.

The latest test chip is the result of ARM and TSMC’s long-standing commitment to advanced process technologies, building on the initial 10FinFET partnership announced in October 2014.

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