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Up in ARMs: TSMC recruited to produce the next generation of 20nm 64-bit mobile chips

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Up in ARMs: TSMC recruited to produce the next generation of 20nm 64-bit mobile chips
British mobile chip designer ARM and the world's largest foundry for those TSMC have deepened their partnership to work on ARMs next generation silicon. The task is a die shrink to 20nm, from the current 28nm (Snapdragon S4) or 32nm (Exynos). 

Not only that, but those chips are supposed to be 64-bit, and utilize a TSMC's FinFET technology, which is similar to the current 22nm 3D transistors that Intel is using in its brand spanking new Ivy Bridge architecture.

All those improvements promise a huge performance boost with less space taken, and at lower power consumption envelopes. Furthermore, the FinFET production tech will allow shortened time to markets, not like now, when ARM announced its Cortex-A15 architecture almost two years ago, and we are yet to see a single retail gadget with those chips. As per Cliff Hou, VP of TSMC Research & Development:

Advancing the clock frequencies while keeping the same frugal power consumption ARM chips are known for, are the key factors for the widespread adoption of the RISC architecture even beyond the mobile realm. After 20nm chips, ARM and TSMC are continuing the partnership all the way down to 15nm.

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