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UMC 28HPC POPs expands ARM 28nm IP portfolio

Posted: 22 Feb 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ARM? UMC? HKMG? processor? smartphone?

ARM has developed the ARM Artisan physical IP platform and ARM POP IP aimed at United Microelectronics Corp.'s UMC 28HPCU. The enhanced 28nm process technology extends ARM's 28nm IP leadership, giving the ARM ecosystem the broadest availability for 28nm foundation IP across all of the major foundries, the company stated.

The platform includes standard cell libraries and memory compilers and POP technology for the 64bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor, and ARM Cortex-A7, the highly energy-efficient core which has powered more than a billion smartphones, noted the company.

The wide adoption of ARM foundation 28nm IP delivers consistent logic architecture across all leading foundries and enables greater flexibility for multi-sourcing. The benefits enable current and new SoC designs on 28nm to quickly meet the needs of billions of connected devices. By using POP IP at UMC 28HPCU, UMC customers will be able to respond faster as market demands change and new opportunities emerge.

UMC is capitalising on the long-node characteristics of 28nm as an increasing number of applications take advantage of its favourable cost and performance benefits. UMC 28HPCU is the foundry's second-generation High-K/Metal Gate (HKMG) 28nm process, which exhibits power and performance improvements relative to UMC's volume production 28HPM technology. Using tighter process control and SPICE models, UMC 28HPC reduces power consumption and area at any given performance threshold, detailed the company.

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