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  • intc_inside intc_inside Apr 28, 2013 12:19 PM Flag

    Hey Daniel Nenni, ARM/TSMC taped out 20nm in 2011.......where is it?

    ARM, TSMC tape out 20-nm processor
    Peter Clarke
    10/18/2011 5:46 AM EDT

    LONDON – Processor IP licensor ARM and foundry TSMC have announced the competion of the design of an A15 processor test chip targeting implementation in a 20-nm manufacturing process technology.

    The companies said they moved the test chip design from RTL to "tape-out" in six months, usuing a design flow co-ordinated by TSMC. The companies did not state how long the design would take to be instantiated successfully in 20-nm silicon, which at TSMC is a planar process. Nor did the companies indicate whether the design is single-core, without peripherals, or whether it is a full working multi-core processor suitable for use in applications.

    ARM said it would now optimize its physical IP to the TSMC 20-nm process for power, performance and area and produce a specification for a Cortex-A15 processor optimization pack (POP). It did not say how soon this would be completed.

    "This first 20-nm ARM Cortex-A15 tape out paves the way for the next generation of SoC integration and performance," said Mike Inglis, general manager of ARM's processor division, in a statement. These SoCs will be suitable for smartphones, tablet computers, digital home systems, servers and wireless infrastructure, ARM said.

    Separately Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) said that engineers that it employs also helped with the design and that it used a Cadence RTL-to-sign-off design flow that was the result of 18 months work between ARM and Cadence.

    ARM makes use of Cadence tools for design work and the two companies are working to optimize ARM processors and Cadence design flows so they work well together, Cadence said.

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    • LOL loser.

    • Do you know what a test chip is? How about a tape-out? Test chips are done for new designs, new processes, sometimes both. Everyone does test chips all day long and sometimes they are used for PR fodder. Don't get sucked into it, test chips mean very little in regards to time-to-market or time-to-ramp on a new process.

      Samsung announced a "qualified" 28nm LP process in June of 2011 and has yet to ship silicon. Samsung's new Galaxy phones have TSMC 28nm silicon in them. It will be interesting to see what the new iPhones have in them. My iPhone5 has Samsung 32nm.

      Google: Can Samsung Deliver As Promised?
      Google: Samsung 28nm Still Does Not Yield?

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