ARM Announces POP IP for Cortex-A50 Series Processors on TSMC 28nm HPM and 16nm FinFET Processes

  ARM Announces POP IP for Cortex-A50 Series Processors on TSMC 28nm HPM and
  16nm FinFET Processes

ARM POP™ technology provides core-hardening acceleration for ARM® Cortex®-A57
                          and Cortex-A53 processors

Business Wire

CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom -- April 9, 2013

ARM today announced the availability of POP IP products for its ARMv8
architecture-based Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 processors for TSMC 28HPM process
technology, as well as the roadmap for POP IP to TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process
technology. An essential element of ARM’s comprehensive implementation
strategy, POP technology enables ARM partners to quickly close timing of dual-
and quad-core implementations across a broad envelope of power, performance
and area optimization points. This solution optimizes implementation, reduces
risk and improves time-to-market in the development of Cortex processor-based
system-on-chips (SoCs).

The Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 processors can be used independently or in a
big.LITTLE™ processor combination for optimal performance and energy
efficiency. ARM has licensed POP IP for the Cortex-A57 processor for 28HPM to
multiple lead partners, which are now implementing designs. The 16nm FinFET
version of POP IP solutions for the Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 processors will
be available to licensees in the fourth quarter of 2013.

These new POP IP products complement the existing portfolio of products on
28HPM, including the Cortex-A7, Cortex-A9, and Cortex-A15 processors and the
ARM Mali™-T624 GPU up to the Mali-T678 GPU. ARM partners are currently
shipping SoCs with POP IP in such applications as mobile gaming, DTV, set-top
box, mobile computing and smartphone applications.

POP IP technology is composed of three elements necessary to achieve an
optimized ARM processor implementation. First, it contains ARM Artisan®
Physical IP logic libraries and memory instances that are specifically tuned
for a given ARM core and process technology. This Physical IP is developed
through a tightly coupled collaboration between ARM’s implementation and
processor design engineers. Second, it includes a comprehensive benchmarking
report to document the exact conditions and results ARM achieved for the core
implementation. Finally, it features POP implementation knowledge including a
user guide, floorplans, scripts and design utilities that detail the
methodology used to achieve the result, to enable the end customer to achieve
the same implementation quickly and at low risk. POP IP products are currently
available from 40nm to 28nm, with a roadmap down to 16nm process technology
for a wide range of Cortex-A series CPU and Mali GPU products.

“ARM is currently enabling its lead partners on Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53
processor implementations with POP IP and physical IP platforms, and we are
committed to support our partners on the leading process nodes,” said Dr. John
Heinlein, vice president of marketing, Physical IP Division, ARM. “Only ARM
can offer a complete roadmap of POP IP core-hardening acceleration solutions
so deeply integrated and tightly aligned with ARM processor development
activities now and into the future.”

For more information about the availability of POP IP for Cortex processors
and Mali GPUs, please visit

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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 electronics companies.

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