ARM and Cadence Partner to Implement Industry's First Cortex-A57 64-bit Processor on TSMC 16nm FinFET Process

ARM and Cadence Partner to Implement Industry's First Cortex-A57 64-bit 
Processor on TSMC 16nm FinFET Process 
Ongoing Collaboration Delivers Innovative Solutions Featuring
Co-Optimization of Process, IP and Design Automation 
04/04/13 --  Fulfilling the promise of performance and power scaling
at 16 nanometers, ARM (LSE: ARM) (NASDAQ: ARMH) and Cadence (NASDAQ:
CDNS) today announced details behind their collaboration to implement
the first ARM(R) Cortex(R)-A57 processor on TSMC's 16-nanometer (nm)
FinFET manufacturing process. The test chip was implemented using the
complete Cadence RTL-to-signoff flow, Cadence Virtuoso custom design
platform, ARM Artisan(R) standard cell libraries and TSMC's memory
The Cortex-A57 processor is ARM's highest-performing processor to
date, and is based on the new ARMv8 architecture, designed for
computing, networking and mobile applications that require high
performance at a low-power budget. TSMC's 16nm FinFET technology is a
significant breakthrough that enables continued scaling of process
technology to feature sizes below 20nm. This test chip, developed
with Cadence's custom, digital and signoff solutions for FinFET
process technology, was a collaboration that resulted in several
innovations and co-optimizations between manufacturing process,
design IP, and design tools. 
"More than ever, success at the leading edge of innovation requires
deep collaboration. When designing SoCs incorporating advanced
processors, like the Cortex-A57, and optimizing the implementation
using physical IP created for FinFET processes, the expertise of our
partners is needed," said Tom Cronk, executive vice president and
general manager, Processor Division at ARM. "Our joint innovations
will enable our customers to accelerate their product development
cycles and take advantage of leading-edge processes and IP." 
The 16nm process using FinFET technology presented new challenges
that required significant new development in the design tools. New
design rules, RC extraction for 3D transistors, increased complexity
of resistance models for interconnect and vias, quantized cell
libraries, library characterization that supports new transistor
models and double patterning across more layers are some of the
challenges that have been addressed in Cadence's custom, digital and
signoff products.  
"This major milestone was challenging on all fronts, requiring
engineers from ARM, Cadence and TSMC to work as a unified team," said
Dr. Chi-Ping Hsu, senior vice president of R&D for the Silicon
Realization Group at Cadence. "Our combined efforts and commitment to
innovation will enable our customers to adopt the next generation of
IP, process and design technology for designing high performance,
low-power SoCs." 
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software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity
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comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and
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