ARM has announced the availability of the ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore
Processor Optimization Pack (POP) for GLOBALFOUNDRIES'
28nm-SLP High-K Metal Gate process technology.
Optimized for mobile, networking and enterprise applications,
the ARM POP 28nm-SLP for Cortex-A9 processors delivers a
performance range from 1GHz to 1.6GHz for worst case
conditions, with up to 2GHz in typical conditions. This
provides flexibility for System-on-Chip (SoC) designers to
optimize performance and energy-efficiency using the ARM
Artisan Physical IP Platform and Cortex-A9 POP.
"As consumer demand for high-performance, energy-efficient
mobile devices increases, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and ARM are lowering
the risk for customers by delivering optimized Cortex-A9 cores
on a proven 28nm SoC process," said Kevin Meyer, Vice
President of Design Enablement Strategy and Alliances,
GLOBALFOUNDRIES. "This latest ARM physical IP solution for our
28nm-SLP process delivers industry-leading performance and
energy-efficiency, while also decreasing time to market for
customers' latest mobile products."
GLOBALFOUNDRIES' 28nm Super Low Power (SLP) platform is
designed for power-sensitive mobile and consumer applications,
and is based on the company?s 32/28nm HKMG technology. ARM
already supports the GLOBALFOUNDRIES 28nm-SLP process with a
Artisan Physical IP Platform. This includes process tuned 9
track and 12 track multi-Vt standard cell libraries, power
management kits, ECO kits, ARM Artisan high-density optimized
memory compilers, as well GPIO through the ARM DesignStart
online IP access portal.
ARM POPs include three critical elements necessary to achieve
an optimized ARM core implementation. First, it contains
Artisan Physical IP logic libraries and memory instances that
are specifically tuned for a given ARM core and process
technology. This Physical IP is developed through a
collaboration with ARM Processor Division engineers in an
iterative process to identify the optimal results. Second, it
includes a benchmarking report to document the exact
conditions and results ARM achieved for the core
implementation. Finally, it includes a POP Implementation
Guide that details the methodology used to achieve the result.