Tuesday, June 7, 2016

ARM Advances Cortex-A73 on TSMC 16FFC Process

ARM today announced the availability of ARM® Artisan® physical IP, including POP™ IP, for

ARM advanced the timeline for mainstream mobile SoCs based on the new ARM Cortex-A73 processor on the TSMC 16FFC (FinFET Compact) process by releasing "Artisan" physical IP to help its SoC partner with their development.

ARM taped out the first TSMC 16FFC test chip incorporating Cortex-A73 POP IP in early May 2016. ARM said this new chip is enabling  partners to move quickly towards the validation of key performance and power metrics for their products. The Cortex-A73 is part of the latest ARM mobile IP suite and it has been designed to deliver significant increases in sustained performance and efficiency compared with the Cortex-A72.

“When designing mainstream mobile SoCs, design teams are challenged to balance implementation and optimization efforts with cost-efficiencies,” said Will Abbey, general manager, physical design group, ARM. “Our latest physical IP collaboration with TSMC addresses this challenge by providing ARM partners with the best SoC optimization solution available for the Cortex-A73. An optimized Cortex-A73 POP solution will help our partners to accelerate their own core implementation knowledge and enable faster time to tape out.”


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