ARM and TSMC sign long term agreement

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A long term agreement has been announced between ARM and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). It will provide TSMC with access to a broad range of ARM processors and enable the development of ARM physical IP across TSMC technology nodes.

The agreement supports the companies' mutual customers to achieve optimised SoCs based on ARM processors and covers a range of process nodes extending down to 20nm. It also provides TSMC access to optimise the implementation of ARM processors on TSMC process technologies, including the ARM Cortex processor family and CoreLink interconnect fabric for AMBA protocols. The deal also establishes a long term relationship with ARM for the development of physical IP, including memory products and standard cell libraries targeting the most advanced TSMC 28nm and 20nm processes. "The signing of this agreement is a significant semiconductor industry milestone because it formalises a forward looking, long term relationship between two of the industry's leading companies," explained Mike Inglis, executive vice president and general manager, ARM Processor Division. "I am pleased that ARM and TSMC will be working together to enable ARM processor based SoCs leveraging both companies' advanced technologies." "Through our industry leadership in processor and physical IP and our strategic alliances with leading foundries and EDA companies, ARM is enabling faster time to volume production of SoCs," said Simon Segars, executive vice president and general manager, ARM, Physical IP division. "This new agreement assures the industry that ARM and TSMC will collectively provide IP development leadership for advanced process technologies well into the future."