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GF To Produce 28nm ARM Processors

GF To Produce 28nm ARM Processors

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and ARM Technologies announced details of its 28nm process node to be used to produce SoC’s based around the Cortex-A9 mobile processor.

Significantly the new processor node is going to be first produced in Fab 1, Dresden, Germany which bodes well for the conversion from 45nm to 28nm, with a target for products of the second half of 2010. Before AMD spun off its fabrication plants Dresden was used exclusively to produce AMD x86 processors. ATIC acquired a majority stake in AMD’s spun off fabrication plants and has plans to buy out the fabrication plants outright. ATIC has already bought Chartered and brought it into its GLOBALFOUNDRIES portfolio with a new plant in development in New York.

“The transition to the 28nm technology node will be an important inflection point for wireless technology,” said ARM president Tudor Brown. “Our collaboration with GLOBALFOUNDRIES will enable customers to rapidly bring high-performance, low-power ARM technology-based designs to market on a 28nm HKMG technology that is ready for high-volume implementation. The combination of GLOBALFOUNDRIES technology, our leading physical IP solutions, and the full internet capabilities delivered by ARM processors results in a powerful integration of processing, graphics and power efficiency.”

The new process technology is expected to offer a 40% increase in computing performance, a 30% reduction in power consumption and a 100% increase in standby power for mobile devices. This is GLOBALFOUNDRIES first High-K Metal Gate process which Intel has been incorporating in its high performance process node for some time.

With mobile processor designs from ARM, Intel, TI, Qualcomm and NVIDIA we wonder when AMD will finally jump on this market with its own product to be fabbed at its ex-Fabs.


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