|[February 19, 2013]
GLOBALFOUNDRIES Offers Enhanced 55nm CMOS Logic Process with ARM Next-Generation Memory and Logic IP Support for Low Voltage
MILPITAS, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
today announced additional enhancements to the foundry's 55-nanometer
(nm) Low-Power Enhanced (LPe) process technology platform - 55nm LPe 1V
- with qualified, next-generation memory and logic IP solutions from
ARM (News - Alert). The 55nm LPe 1V is the industry's first and only enhanced process
node to support ARM's 1.0/1.2V physical IP library, enabling chip
designers to use a single process that supports two operating voltages
in a single SoC.
"The key advantage of this 55nm LPe 1V offering is that the same design
libraries can be used whether you are designing at 1.0 voltage or 1.2
voltage power option," said Bruce Kleinman, Vice President of Product
Marketing at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. "What it means is that same set of design
rules and models can be adopted, with no extra mask layer or special
process required. This translates into cost saving and design
flexibility without compromising on the power and optimization features."
Based on ARM's 1.0V/1.2V standard cells and memory compilers,
GLOBALFOUNDRIES 55nm LPe 1V enables designers to optimize their design
for speed, power and/or area and is especially beneficial for designes
who are faced with power constraints in designing System-on-Chip
ARM offers a comprehensive, silicon-validated platform of 8-track,
9-track and 12-track libraries along with high-speed and high-density
memory compilers for GLOBALFOUNDRIES' advanced 55nm LPe process.
"The combination of 1V and 1.2V operation along with supporting level
shifting logic provides the best combination of low power, high
performance and reduced chip area," said Dr. John Heinlein, vice
president of marketing, Physical IP Division at ARM. "Dual-voltage
domain characterization support coupled with Artisan next-generation
memory compiler architecture reduces dynamic and leakage power by more
than 35 percent, compared to previously available solutions."
The 55nm LPe 1V is especially suited for high-volume, battery-operated
mobile consumer devices, as well as a broad range of green or
energy-saving products. PDK and EDA tools are available now, along with
MPW shuttle availability.
Artisan memories offer flexible manufacturing options and are shipping
in billions of products worldwide. Part of a broader platform of Artisan
physical IP from 65nm to 20nm, these next-generation memories include
low voltage and stand-by modes enabling extended battery life, ultra
high-speed caches for maximum processor speed, and proprietary design
techniques resulting in reduced area for low-cost SoC designs.
GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the world's first full-service semiconductor foundry
with a truly global footprint. Launched in March 2009, the company has
quickly achieved scale as the second largest foundry in the world,
providing a unique combination of advanced technology and manufacturing
to more than 150 customers. With operations in Singapore, Germany and
the United States, GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the only foundry that offers the
flexibility and security of manufacturing centers spanning three
continents. The company's three 300mm fabs and five 200mm fabs provide
the full range of process technologies from mainstream to the leading
edge. This global manufacturing footprint is supported by major
facilities for research, development and design enablement located near
hubs of semiconductor activity in the United States, Europe and Asia.
GLOBALFOUNDRIES is owned by the Advanced Technology Investment Company
(ATIC). For more information, visit http://www.globalfoundries.com.
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