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ARM, TSMC partners to enhance FinFET process introduction

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FinFET? TSMC? ARM?

A processor IP licensor and foundry chip maker have signed a multiyear deal to collaborate in an endeavor to optimize next-generation 64bit ARM processor cores for FinFET process technology.

ARM Holding plc and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) anticipate generating results in a 16-nm CMOS manufacturing process that will ramp in TSMC's wafer fabs in the second half of 2015.

This furthers their collaboration beyond the 20-nm node, which TSMC would manufacture beginning 2013.

The contract covers the delivery of ARM processer cores on a FinFET manufacturing process. It covers 64bit ARM processors based on the ARMv8 architecture, Artisan physical IP and TSMC's FinFET process for use in mobile and enterprise markets.

The partnership is mutually beneficial as TSMC needs real-world designs to fine tune and prove its FinFET process and ARM receives early validation of its designs and a chance to optimize the designs for power, performance and area, thereby encouraging early adoption by licensees.

According to Simon Segars, executive vice president and general manager of ARM's processor and physical IP divisions, "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 deal facilitates the targets of both companies, making it easier for them to deliver customer's demands. "We can successfully achieve targets for high speed, low voltage and low leakage, thereby satisfying the requirements of our mutual customers and meeting their time-to-market goals," said TSMC vice president Cliff Hou.

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