ARM shows off 32nm test chip

Following a deal to develop low-power libraries for forthcoming high-k, metal-gate processes, ARM has had a test chip containing a Cortex core built on the IBM Common Platform’s 32nm technology. One of the devices is being shown at the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona this week (16 February).

ARM said customers will have access to the technology in 2009, with full production release in early 2010. The test chip is part of project, started nine months ago, to develop customised physical IP for Cortex processors that will be made on the 32nm and 28nm versions of the Common Platform processes.

Ian Drew, executive vice president of marketing at ARM: “It also shows that we are fully committed to affording our partners the earliest possible opportunity to deploy ARM technology, in particular the Cortex-A9 processor and future processors, on the 32 and 28nm processes.”
Manufactured by Samsung, one of the Common Platform partners, the chip comprises an ARM Cortex family processor implemented with ARM physical IP prototype libraries as well as test structures intended to check key technologies.

“Our collaboration on advanced 32 and 28nm process technology with ARM will ensure rapid deployment of this technology for our customers,” said Seung-Ho Hwang, senior vice president of infrastructure design at Samsung Electronics.

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