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ARM to work on SoC platform for IBM alliance

Posted: 01 Oct 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SoC 32nm 28nm? intellectual property? alliance Common Platform?

ARM Holdings plc has agreed to develop a SoC design platform of physical intellectual property at the 32- and 28nm nodes for the Common Platform technology alliance of IBM Corp., Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd for distribution to their customers.

ARM is set to be the first element in a design and IP infrastructure being added to the Common Platform at 32- and 28nm. More announcements are expected to follow.

Under the multiyear collaboration, ARM will develop and license a design platform that includes logic, memory and interface products. ARM also said it intended to develop customized physical IP targeted at achieving optimal power, performance, and area for their current and future Cortex processor family leveraging the unique attributes of the Common Platform high-k metal-gate (HKMG) 32-/28nm technology.

The HKMG technology targets a broad range of embedded segments, including mobile, portable and consumer electronics.

No indication was given of how much money ARM expects to spend developing the design platform or how much it expects to make licensing the platform to IBM, Chartered and Samsung for distribution to their customers

"Through this early engagement, we are creating the foundation for designing power-efficient ARM SoCs for customers of the Common Platform," said Warren East, CEO of ARM, in a statement.

The Common Platform partners expect to continue to expand the eco-system in this collaborative initiative to include more members in the near future. These additional partners will expand the offering of EDA support, services and IP offerings to enable customers to accelerate their time to market on these advanced technologies.

"IBM remains convinced collaborative innovation in an open ecosystem of partners is the key to technology leadership, both now and in the years to come," said Mike Cadigan, general manager of Semiconductor Solutions at IBM, in a statement.

"Today's announcement with ARM extends that strategy to the next level, from IBM research through Common Platform manufacturing to the leading consumer application architecture."

- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe

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