ARM preps Globalfoundries for 20nm finfets
Globalfoundries and ARM has announced a technology deal for processor designs on 20nm and FinFET process technologies.
As part of the agreement, ARM will develop a full platform of ARM Artisan Physical IP, including standard cell libraries, memory compilers and POP IP solutions.
The companies have been collaborating for several years for ARM Cortex-A series processors on 28nm as well as a 20nm test-chip implementation currently running through Globalfoundries US fab.
This agreement is intended to create production IP platforms that will enable customer designs on 20nm and promote rapid migration to three-dimensional FinFET transistor technology.
“This early engagement promotes the rapid adoption of ARM and Globalfoundries technologies in future SoCs for several important markets,” said Simon Segars, executive v-p and general manager, processor and physical IP divisions at ARM.
This collaboration also extends to Globalfoundries finfet-based process technology.
“By leveraging our implementation knowledge and applying it to a next-generation, energy-efficient ARM processor and graphics processing unit, we believe we can jointly offer a compelling differentiation to our mutual customers that will power innovation into the next two generations,” said Mike Noonen, executive v-p, worldwide marketing and sales at Globalfoundries.
Last month, ARM extended its process collaboration with TSMC beyond 20nm technology to deliver ARM processors on finfet transistors.
The first ARM processor to use finfet transistors will be the 64-bit ARM processors based on the ARMv8 architecture.
TSMC will use the ARM processors and technology to benchmark and tune advanced finfet process technologies.