ARM Signs Another 20nm SoC Production Deal with GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Written by John Ponio    Monday, 13 August 2012 16:09

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Last month ARM signed a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to produce 20nm ARMv8 processors. Hopefully TSMC isn't a jealous partner, because ARM just signed another deal with GLOBALFOUNDRIES to produce 20nm ARM SoC's (system on a chip). With this agreement comes a start to a new platform from ARM under the name of the Artisan Physical IP. The platform will include things such as memory compilers and cell libraries. Basically, it's a platform that'll provide more performance with less power-usage.

Simon Segars, who is the executive vice president and general manager of the Processor and Physical IP Divisions at ARM, said:

This early engagement promotes the rapid adoption of ARM and GLOBALFOUNDRIES technologies in future SoCs for several important markets. Customers designing for mobile, tablet and computing applications will benefit extensively from the energy-efficient ARM processor and graphics processor included in this collaboration. By proactively working together to enable next-generation 20nm-LPM and FinFET process technologies, our mutual customers can be assured a range of implementation options that will enable two more generations of advanced semiconductor devices.

Read the announcement here.