19 October 2011
ARM, TSMC tape out first 20nm Cortex-A15 multicore processor
ARM and TSMC have announced the completion of a Cortex-A15 processor test chip targeting implementation in a 20nm manufacturing process technology.
The two companies completed the implementation from RTL to tape out in six months using TSMC's Open Innovation Platform.
"This first 20nm ARM Cortex-A15 tape out paves the way for the next generation of SoC integration and performance," said Mike Inglis, executive vp and general manager, Processor Division, ARM. "The combination of TSMC technology, the latest ARM Cortex-A15 processor and Artisan physical IP will help meet the increasing demand for high performance, energy efficient consumer devices."
"Our ongoing collaboration with ARM has resulted in this early 20nm achievement," added Dr Cliff Hou, TSMC vp, Design and Technology Platform. "Our customers can successfully engage in fast growth markets with optimised physical IP, Cortex-A15 processors and TSMC's advanced technology."
ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore SoCs have already been selected to power a variety of upcoming devices, including smartphones, tablets, mobile computers, high end digital home, servers and wireless infrastructure.?