ARM Adds Globalfoundries to 64-bit SoC Manufacturers

The announcement scales to a 20 nm production process and FinFET process technologies, which will be critical for ARM as it must meet acceptable production volumes for its licensees. The company said that it will be developing a full IP platform as part of the agreement with Globalfoundries, including standard cell libraries, memory compilers and POP IP solutions.

Globalfoundries agreed to fine-tune its production process to the "next-generation" ARM Cortex processor and Mali graphics processor technologies. The goal is to shorten the time-to-market for processor designers and help them quickly migrate to 3D FinFET transistors and reduce the likelihood or production problems.

ARM has been much more aggressive pitching the importance of FinFET recently. While 20 nm processor prototypes have been taped, for example, by Cadence in late 2011, commercial 20 nm FinFET processors are not expected to arrive until 2014/2015.


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  • Darkerson
    "reduce the likelihood of* production problems."

    At any rate, good on ARM. Now that Intel has them in their focus, they are going to need all the help they can get.
  • s3anister
    I'm glad to hear something positive about Globalfoundries. Hopefully this works out for both parties and another fiasco like what happened with AMD and GF at the Dresden fab doesn't happen.
  • mayankleoboy1
    Good for GF means good for AMD, means competition for Intel, means happy consumer.