ARM and TSMC make first finfet processor for servers


ARM and TSMC say they have produced the first Cortex-A57 processor on finfet process technology. 

The Cortex-A57 processor is ARM’s highest performance processor and is leading the Cambridge-based firm’s attack on the high end server processor market.

This is a significant development in the collaboration between ARM and TSMC to jointly optimize the 64-bit ARMv8 processor series on finfet process technologies. 

The two companies cooperated in the implementation from RTL to tape-out in six months using ARM Artisan physical IP, TSMC memory macros, and EDA technologies enabled by TSMC’s Open Innovation Platform (OIP) design ecosystem.

“This first ARM Cortex-A57 processor implementation paves the way for our mutual customers to leverage the performance and power efficiency of 16nm FinFET technology,” said Tom Cronk, executive vice president and general manager, Processor Division, ARM.  

According to Dr. Cliff Hou, TSMC vice-president of R&D: “This achievement demonstrates that the next-generation ARMv8 processor is FinFET-ready for TSMC’s advanced technology.”

The test chip was implemented using a commercially available 16nm FinFET tool chain and design services provided by the OIP ecosystem and ARM Connected Community partners.

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Tags: ARM, finfets, processors, TSMC

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