Tuesday, October 6th 2009

ARM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES Partner to Build ARM SoC Products on 28 nm HKMG Process

ARM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announces a long-term strategic relationship to provide their mutual customers with an innovative SoC enablement program. To support the long-term relationship, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and ARM have signed a broad agreement on processor implementation and circuit optimization to provide mutual customers with a robust enablement program geared towards next-generation applications.

The SoC enablement program, built around a full suite of ARM Physical IP, Fabric IP and Processor IP, will deliver customers unparalleled design flexibility on GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ most advanced HKMG semiconductor manufacturing capabilities. The collaborative efforts of the partnership will initially focus on enabling SoC products which use the low power and high performance ARM Cortex -A9 processor on GLOBALFOUNDRIES 28nm HKMG process. The characteristics of GLOBALFOUNDRIES 28nm “Gate First” HKMG technology is optimized for high performance processing with minimal leakage making it an ideal choice for advanced mobile solutions.

“This announcement reflects our business value and strategy of providing best in class processor implementation by marrying our own processor and physical IP with world class manufacturing semiconductor technology,” said Warren East, chief executive officer, ARM. “This collaboration with GLOBALFOUNDRIES and their commitment to delivering leading edge technology makes them an ideal partner to accelerate the adoption of ARM processor based technology at 28nm.”

“This relationship further advances our strong focus to partner with industry leaders in processor design to deliver manufacturing and technology excellence at the leading edge,” said Doug Grose, chief executive officer, GLOBALFOUNDRIES. “This highly complementary partnership leverages ARM’s architectural leadership along with GLOBALFOUNDRIES advanced technology to enable the deployment of 28nm SoC designs with exceptional performance for next-generation consumer devices.”
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9 Comments on ARM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES Partner to Build ARM SoC Products on 28 nm HKMG Process

#2
WhiteLotus
"system on a chip".

Whatever that is.
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Looks like the spinoff and all that is working out well. So many new deals being made and a 28nm HiKMG process to boot. After 32nm Im assuming this is the next step.
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Silicon on Chip actually.
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#6
WhiteLotus
not what goggle says. goggle never lies.
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Wile E
Power User
by: WarEagleAU
Silicon on Chip actually.
No, in this case they mean system on a chip. It's targeted at "consumer devices" meaning cell phones and PMPs and such. Meaning this single chip serves the function of what would traditionally take 2 or 3 separate chips.
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by: Wile E
No, in this case they mean system on a chip. It's targeted at "consumer devices" meaning cell phones and PMPs and such. Meaning this single chip serves the function of what would traditionally take 2 or 3 separate chips.
nVidia's Tegra is an example; a single chip platform that can run pretty much any small device.

28 nm would use tiny amounts of power, so this means they could up the processing power of these chips! Might even see these in cheap netbooks soon...
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pr0n Inspector
by: Error 404
.......... Might even see these in cheap netbooks soon...
Unlikely.
I would be restricted to the OS that came with it, a small number of free operating systems and most likely have to compile everything by myself.
That sucks.
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