ARM and TSMC Ink a Deal to Produce 20nm ARMv8 Processors

Written by John Ponio    Monday, 23 July 2012 16:06

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ARM, who makes most mobile SoC's (system on a chip), and TSMC, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, have inked an agreement wherein TSMC will produce the next generation of ARM SoC's. The next generation, ARMv8, will feature a 20nm process and 3D transistors (like Intel's Ivy Bridge uses). TSMC has a new FinFET process for manufacturing processors, and apparently they'll be able to pump out these new ARMv8 processors pretty quickly. The FinFET process is supposed to produce extremely efficient chips with very low power leakage.

Simon Segars, who is the Executive Vice President and General Manager for ARM's Processor and Physical IP Divisions, said,

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. The ongoing deep collaboration with TSMC provides customers earlier access to FinFET technology to bring high-performance, power-efficient products to market.