GLOBALFOUNDRIES and ARM today revealed the latest
advances in their collaboration to deliver optimized
system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for ARM Cortex-A series
processor designs using ARM Artisan physical IP and
GLOBALFOUNDRIES process technologies.
The companies announced their first test chip based on
a dual-core Cortex-A9 processor operating at
frequencies of more than 2.5GHz. In addition, a 20nm
tape out using GLOBALFOUNDRIES' Technology
Qualification Vehicle (TQV) was also announced for SoCs
based on Cortex-A9 processors.
The two companies worked together to develop a TQV
strategy that allows GLOBALFOUNDRIES to optimize its
process technology for designs based on Cortex-A series
processors. The solution is more than a standard test
chip. Each TQV is designed to emulate a full
specification SoC and aims to improve performance,
lower power consumption and facilitate a faster path to
"Today's announcement is a clear demonstration that the
TQV strategy developed with ARM is paying dividends in
our 32/28nm HKMG technology by delivering impressive
performance and energy-efficiency," said Mojy Chian,
senior vice president of design enablement,
GLOBALFOUNDRIES. "We continue to work closely with ARM
to leverage our TQV strategy as an integral part of
20nm process technology development. This enables our
customers to rapidly ramp up their next-generation
designs based on ARM Cortex-A series processors to
"These milestones are proof that the strategic
collaboration involving Cortex-A series processors
implemented using Artisan advanced physical IP and
GLOBALFOUNDRIES 28nm process technology is able to
deliver leading high-performance, energy-efficient
solutions," said Simon Segars, executive vice president
and general manager, physical IP division, ARM.
"Furthermore, it serves as a foundation for
next-generation mobile and high-end consumer devices
using 20nm process technology."
The 2.5GHz performance results are based on multiple
wafers running in GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 1 in Dresden,
Germany, on the company's 28nm high performance
technology. An additional performance increase is
expected on GLOBALFOUNDRIES? 28nm High Performance Plus
(HPP) platform, which is the solution of choice for
wired networking applications, with low active power
and an operating point of 0.85V.
The 20nm TQV is based on GLOBALFOUNDRIES'
next-generation 20nm platform, which is designed to
improve performance by up to 35% and nearly halve power
consumption when compared to 28nm technologies. The
goal of the 20nm TQV is the same as the 28nm TQV: to
develop process technology that is optimized for
Cortex-A series processors.
GLOBALFOUNDRIES' SoC design platforms are all based on
the company's 32/28nm HKMG technology and are fully
enabled with ARM standard cell libraries, memory
compilers and IP from a variety of third party