ARM and TSMC successfuly tape out the first Cortex-A57 processor, using 16nm tech
ARM and TSMC's collaboration produces optimized, power-efficient Cortex-A57 processors and libraries to support early customer implementations on 16nm FinFET for high-performance, ARM technology-based SoCs.
"This first ARM Cortex-A57 processor implementation paves the way for our mutual customers to leverage the performance and power efficiency of 16nm FinFET technology," said Tom Cronk, executive vice president and general manager, Processor Division, ARM. "The joint effort of ARM, TSMC, and TSMC's OIP design ecosystem partners demonstrates the strong commitment to provide industry-leading technology for customer designs to benefit from our latest 64-bit ARMv8 architecture, big.LITTLE™ processing and ARM POP™ IP across a wide variety of market segments."
"Our multi-year, multi-node collaboration with ARM continues to deliver advanced technologies to enable market-leading SoCs across mobile, server, and enterprise infrastructure applications," said Dr. Cliff Hou, TSMC Vice President of R&D. "This achievement demonstrates that the next-generation ARMv8 processor is FinFET-ready for TSMC's advanced technology."
This announcement highlights the enhanced and intensified collaboration between ARM and TSMC. The test chip was implemented using a commercially available 16nm FinFET tool chain and design services provided by the OIP ecosystem and ARM Connected Community partners. This successful collaborative milestone is confirmation of the roles that TSMC's OIP and ARM's Connected Community play in promoting innovation for the semiconductor design industry.
1. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
great.........suberb.............cant describe in one word.....
2. aryanfr1 (Posts: 68; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)
Holly s**t! now Intel will have make serious moves and new strategy.
15. dickwyn (Posts: 596; Member since: 07 May 2012)
no matter what intel still makes better processors period
18. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 325; Member since: 07 May 2012)
well said take note dual core vs quad core
21. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Dual core vs quad core doesn't mean much when comparing different architecture. If manufacturers wanted to boost scores, they could have done it in the expense of power efficiency.
20. Dr.Phil (Posts: 916; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
I will say I am very confident within the next year Intel will be making a big splash in mobile processors. I don't know if I would necessarily buy an Intel phone this year (although their outlook for Q4 looks very promising), but I think I would definitely consider buying one next year.
4. kamejoko (Posts: 110; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)
9. kamejoko (Posts: 110; Member since: 10 Nov 2011)
Samsung Delivers Strong 14nm FinFET Logic Process and Design Infrastructure
December 21, 2012
Samsung complete 14nm first. Now TSMC 16nm second.
19. Dr.Phil (Posts: 916; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Anything co-developed or co-produced with IBM is worth taking a look at. It would be interesting to see if they are both at work on something big for the mobile chipset world that we just haven't heard about.
5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
These things never gets over...fortunately, it means better things are coming so, good news!!
6. taikucing (unregistered)
Good. Better battery life. I hope the prices shrink too
8. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5563; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Hahaha......Unbelievable! I'm very excited!
I can't say anything right now! :D
10. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Why mention tablets only?
The A57 is 30% faster than A15, per clock, without the increase in power consumption.
With 16nm process, it should be almost 50 % less power consuming, per clock, than current 28nm A15 in the Octa, for example.
So all that gets us to about 3.0 Ghz Octa core 64bit PHONES in a year or two, that will actually be more energy efficient (using the super frugal A50 for the four companion cores)
And that's the power of a current high end ultrabook, at least.
14. MistB (Posts: 574; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Thumbs up, I like your forward vision and thinking. Not everything should be resticted to tablets and will you believe that folks think the Snapdragon 800 is still destined for tablets? I recall some people saying that S600 was for tablets only, oh how the ''cautious 4.3 inch 720p is enough'' brigade are always proven wrong. The bigger market is phones, always has been and always will be, these chip makers are well aware that both phone and tablet are the future.
16. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Why thank you.
And in addition, I'd say that high end phones are in fact the most powerful mobile devices.
In the Android realm, you get phones dominating the best tablets hardware wise simply because they're on the edge of the most prolific and competitive market niche ever.
They dictate the trends, and they make higher profit margins than tablets.
And that is unlikely to change until tablets truly start to sell.
This doesn't apply to Apple obviously, with iPad leading the way in the SoC department.. but that is exactly because of it being the dominant tablet on the market, and the second most important product for Apple
11. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)
wish these tech giants start to understand the needs of us customers and start using these chips in mobiles and tablets sooner than later...
17. therealestmc (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
What is your need that it requires you to have that technology in order to do whatever you want to do?
13. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Also, you might want to reconsider the statement about Samsung, PA.
Here's what PA wrote, haha: