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ARM, TSMC to collaborate on 7nm FinFET process tech

Posted: 17 Mar 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:7nm FinFET? SoCs? data centres?

ARM and TSMC announced a multi-year agreement to collaborate on a 7nm FinFET process technology, which includes a design solution for future low-power, high-performance compute SoCs.

The new agreement expands the companies' long-standing partnership and advances leading-edge process technologies beyond mobile and into next-generation networks and data centres. Additionally, the agreement extends previous collaborations on 16nm and 10nm FinFET that have featured ARM Artisan foundation Physical IP.

"Existing ARM-based platforms have been shown to deliver an increase of up to 10x in compute density for specific data centre workloads," said Pete Hutton, executive vice president and president of product groups, ARM. "Future ARM technology designed specifically for data centers and network infrastructure and optimised for TSMC 7nm FinFET will enable our mutual customers to scale the industry's lowest-power architecture across all performance points."

"With our 7nm FinFET, we have expanded our Process and Ecosystem solutions from mobile to high performance compute," said Dr. Cliff Hou, vice president, R&D, TSMC. "Customers designing their next generation high-performance computing SoCs will benefit from TSMC's 7nm FinFET, which will deliver more performance improvement at the same power, or lower power at the same performance as compared to our 10nm FinFET process node."

This latest agreement builds on the two companies' success with previous generations of 16nm FinFET and 10nm FinFET process technology. The joint innovations from previous TSMC and ARM collaborations have enabled customers to accelerate their product development cycles and take advantage of leading-edge processes and IP. Recent benefits include early access to Artisan Physical IP and tape-outs of ARM Cortex-A72 processor on 16nm FinFET and 10nm FinFET.

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