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ARM and GlobalFoundries to Collaborate on 20nm SoC Featuring FinFET Technology

ARM and GlobalFoundries to Collaborate on 20nm SoC Featuring FinFET Technology

ARM and GlobalFoundries have announced their collaboration to produce system-on-chip (SoC) solutions based on the latter's 20-nanometer (nm) fabrication process and FinFET transistors. This will help achieve better system performance and power-efficiency for a range of mobile applications, from smartphones to tablets to ultra-thin notebooks.

The two companies have been collaborating for a number of years to jointly optimize the ARM Cortex-A Series processors. With their current engagement, they wish to capitalize on their prior efforts by driving production IP (Intellectual Property) platforms that will enable customer designs on Globalfoundries' 20nm-LPM, and at the same time, promote rapid migration to FinFET transistor technology for these designs. Both companies' efforts will enable faster delivery of SoC solutions to customers using these next-generation ARM processors and GPUs in a wide range of mobile applications.

It was not stated when the commercial introduction of these new SoC solutions will occur; however, this joint announcement by ARM and GlobalFoundries comes just after the former announced a similar working partnership with TSMC that covered 64-bit ARM processors featuring FinFET transistors as well.

(Source: GlobalFoundries, ARM Holdings, Wikipedia)

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