ARM and Cadence Tape Out First 14nm FinFET Test Chip Targeting

ARM and Cadence Tape Out First 14nm FinFET Test Chip Targeting
Samsung Process 
12/20/12 --  ARM (LSE: ARM) (NASDAQ: ARMH) and Cadence Design
Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced the tape-out of the
first 14-nanometer test chip implementation of the high-performance
ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-A7 processor, the most energy-efficient
applications processor from ARM. Designed with a complete Cadence(R)
RTL-to-signoff flow, the chip is the first to target Samsung's
14-nanometer FinFET process, accelerating the continuing move to
high-density, high-performance and ultra-low power SoCs for future
smartphones, tablets and all other advanced mobile devices.  
In addition to the ARM Cortex-A7 processor, the test chip includes
ARM Artisan(R) standard-cell libraries, next-generation memories, and
general purpose IOs. The test chip was designed using a complete
Cadence RTL-to-signoff flow including Encounter(R) RTL Compiler,
Encounter Test, Encounter Digital Implementation System, Cadence QRC
Extraction, Encounter Timing System and Encounter Power System. This
achievement is part of a systematic program to enable ARM
technology-based SoCs on FinFET technology. 
"This is an important milestone in our efforts to enable our silicon
partners for continued low-power leadership in future generations of
innovative, energy-efficient mobile products," said Dr. Dipesh Patel,
vice president and general manager, Physical IP Division at ARM.
"Taping out ARM's most energy-efficient applications processor on
Samsung's advanced low-power manufacturing process was achieved
through the combination of leading-edge technology and R&D
excellence, as well as a deep and early collaboration with Samsung
and Cadence." 
"Cadence's advanced node design flow, coupled with our collaboration
with ARM and Samsung, is essential to semiconductor companies as they
move to designing for a 14-nanometer FinFET process," said Dr.
Chi-Ping Hsu, senior vice president, Research and Development,
Silicon Realization Group at Cadence. "Our common goal is to enable
our customers to reap the benefits and competitive advantages of
designing at the most advanced technologies." 
"End consumers are driving the need for better, faster, more
connected devices," said Dr. Kyu-Myung Choi, senior vice president of
System LSI infrastructure design center, Device Solutions, Samsung
Electronics. "Our collaboration with ARM and Cadence allows us to
innovate quickly as Samsung develops this new process technology for
mobile multimedia applications."  
About ARM
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advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer
entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage
devices. ARM's comprehensive product offering includes RISC
microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, enabling
software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity
products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with
comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and
the company's broad Partner community, they provide a total system
solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading
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About Cadence
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and plays an essential role in the creation of today's integrated
circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence software, hardware,
IP, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors,
consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment,
and computer systems. The company is headquartered in San Jose,
Calif., with sales offices, design centers, and research facilities
around the world to serve the global electronics industry. More
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trademarks of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. in the United States and
other countries. ARM and Artisan are registered trademarks, and
Cortex is a trademark of ARM Limited. All other trademarks are the
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For more information, please contact:
Dean Solov
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
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