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ARM and Cadence Tape Out First 14nm FinFET Test Chip

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AMD and Cadence taped out the first ARM Cortex-A7 test chip in Samsung's 14-nanometer FinFET process.

According to ARM, the chip included the Cortex-A7 processor itself, as well as Artisan standard-cell libraries, "next-generation" memories, and general purpose IOs.

"This is an important milestone in our efforts to enable our silicon partners for continued low-power leadership in future generations of innovative, energy-efficient mobile products, said Dipesh Patel, vice president and general manager of the Physical IP Division at ARM. "Taping out ARMs most energy-efficient applications processor on Samsung's advanced low-power manufacturing process was achieved through the combination of leading-edge technology and R&D excellence, as well as a deep and early collaboration with Samsung and Cadence."

ARM said that the process is targeting high-density, high-performance and ultra-low power SoCs for "future smartphones, tablets and all other advanced mobile devices". There was no information when 14 nm ARM processors will become available.

 

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    CaedenV , December 23, 2012 2:07 PM
    A Bad DayNot much quality content from the comment sections huh?...

    seems more like an issue with the content providers to me
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    sayantan , December 23, 2012 12:10 PM
    AMD ??
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    mayankleoboy1 , December 23, 2012 1:03 PM
    AMD who?
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    greghome , December 23, 2012 1:11 PM
    so..........AMD or ARM ?
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    A Bad Day , December 23, 2012 1:56 PM
    Not much quality content from the comment sections huh?...
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    ojas , December 23, 2012 2:03 PM
    AMD? Lol.

    Anyway, I wonder if this is like the first chip they've rolled out.
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    CaedenV , December 23, 2012 2:07 PM
    A Bad DayNot much quality content from the comment sections huh?...

    seems more like an issue with the content providers to me
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    zzz_b , December 23, 2012 2:14 PM
    I would like to know the estimated power used for on ARM15 with this technology!
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    dozerman , December 23, 2012 2:48 PM
    Ha. Eat that, apple. Leaving samsung for your chips doesn't seem like such a good idea after all, now does it?!?
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    alextheblue , December 23, 2012 2:50 PM
    zzz_bI would like to know the estimated power used for on ARM15 with this technology!
    Uh, from X to Y? You know there's no single "ARM15 chip", and the various ARM15-equipped (and derivatives thereof) SoCs span a range of performance, power, and thermal targets. This process node will be no different.
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    Anonymous , December 23, 2012 3:02 PM
    Well that's nice. Intel taped out 14nm finfet 2 years ago and will deliver full products in late 2013/early 2014. This is a nice start for Samsang though.
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    nuvon , December 23, 2012 4:25 PM
    Intel has a head start in this game
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    Pinhedd , December 23, 2012 8:17 PM
    nuvonIntel has a head start in this game


    Yes they do. Their lead has caused Global Foundries, TSMC, and Samsung to freak out. They're collectively skipping a node (20nm) simply because the 20nm finFET process cant compete with Intel's 22nm Tri-gate FET process.
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    Anonymous , December 23, 2012 8:44 PM
    colorMeUnimpressed: No they didn't, have you overdosed on the fanboy Kool-Aid? According to Google, they will be taping out their first 14nm test chip (ie: not a simple proof-of-concept SRAM) in early 2013. Without "process techology leadership", there are going to be a lot of sad Intel fanboys...
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    anxiousinfusion , December 23, 2012 11:08 PM
    yannigrAMD is ARM. ARM is AMD.


    Did I miss something? Was there an acquisition?
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    JonnyDough , December 24, 2012 2:14 AM
    AMD is adding some ARM IP to some of it's processors. They're trying to move into the mobile marketspace because Intel is beating up on them a bit, not to mention the desktop is supposedly dying (it won't die out, but it was bound to lose some marketshare). All mega corps try to grab a slice of the biggest pie, it's a more secure strategy. Nobody wants to be the little business that caters on a small scale - which is funny because that's where the likes of ARM and AMD both got their roots. Going back to that is not something they want to do. Everyone likes money.
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    Anonymous , December 24, 2012 3:57 AM
    Wrong colorMeImpressed. Try a better source than "Google", LMAO! Come back next year and tell me all about Samsung's process... that doesn't exist! Intel hata's gonna hate.
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    dozerman , December 24, 2012 5:26 AM
    JonnyDoughAMD is adding some ARM IP to some of it's processors. They're trying to move into the mobile marketspace because Intel is beating up on them a bit, not to mention the desktop is supposedly dying (it won't die out, but it was bound to lose some marketshare). All mega corps try to grab a slice of the biggest pie, it's a more secure strategy. Nobody wants to be the little business that caters on a small scale - which is funny because that's where the likes of ARM and AMD both got their roots. Going back to that is not something they want to do. Everyone likes money.

    AMD is using ARM in the server space, not mobile. Their X86 is plenty powerful enough there. ARM in microserver in combination with SeaMicro freedom fabric will blow IBM and Intel out of the water when it comes to small website serving. That's why they're doing it.
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    JonnyDough , December 24, 2012 6:13 AM
    You are correct Dozerman, however you will find speculation around the web as to whether or not they'll be doing the same with mobile. Arm's architecture already has a foothold and AMD's shoe in will have to use this, or software devs won't be quick to pick them up. Having no marketshare and trying to get some is tough, because software development is costly and time consuming.
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    JonnyDough , December 24, 2012 6:13 AM
    i.e.:

    http://www.phonearena.com/news/AMD-looking-to-produce-ARM-based-chips---is-mobile-in-its-future_id36116
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    dozerman , December 24, 2012 6:57 AM
    JonnyDoughYou are correct Dozerman, however you will find speculation around the web as to whether or not they'll be doing the same with mobile. Arm's architecture already has a foothold and AMD's shoe in will have to use this, or software devs won't be quick to pick them up. Having no marketshare and trying to get some is tough, because software development is costly and time consuming.


    I can absolutely see them making it into the mobile arena eventually. It's just that your post left me with the impression that you thought that AMD's most recent announcement about ARM was that they were making mobile chips, not server chips. I've been dealing with too many morons lately. My mind kind of jumps to "they must be wrong" automatically now.
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