Welcome!

News Feed Item

Cadence and GLOBALFOUNDRIES Announce First Test Chip Featuring ARM Cortex-A12 Processor in 28nm-SLP Process

Highlights:

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At CDNLive Silicon Valley 2014, Cadence Design Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) and GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced that they have taped out a quad core test chip built around the ARM Cortex-A12 processor. Targeted to operate at frequencies of up to 2.0GHz while still within the mainstream mobile power and area envelope, the test chip is implemented in GLOBALFOUNDRIES' 28nm-SLP (Super Low Power 28 nanometer High-K Metal Gate) process using a full Cadence® tool flow and incorporates ARM POP technology to leverage the full performance range of the 28-SLP process.

Cadence Logo.

The Cortex-A12 processor provides a 40 percent performance increase and direct upgrade path from ARM's highly successful Cortex-A9 processor, while matching the energy efficiency of its predecessor. The successful tapeout marks an important move toward the incorporation of the Cortex-A12 core in mobile applications such as smartphones and tablets.

"As the lead foundry working with the Cortex-A12 processor, we collaborated closely with Cadence and ARM to implement this new core using our 28nm low-power process, and ARM libraries specifically tuned to meet demanding mobile market requirements," said Ana Hunter, vice president of product management at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. "This test chip will be instrumental in showing our mutual customers how they can productize and reap the benefits from the Cortex-A12 processor in conjunction with the 28nm-SLP process using a Cadence flow."

"The ARM Cortex-A12 processor is a high-performance compute solution that will benefit developers looking to upgrade existing mid-range mobile products as well as expanding our technology into a new range of electronic devices such as set-top boxes," said Dipesh Patel, executive vice president and general manager, physical design group, ARM. "The work by ARM, Cadence and GLOBALFOUNDRIES in jointly developing a test chip on 28nm utilizing ARM POP IP will accelerate its time to market."

The full Cadence RTL-to-signoff digital implementation flow was used, including Encounter® RTL Compiler, Encounter RTL Compiler with Physical, Encounter Digital Implementation System and Encounter Conformal Equivalence Checker. The full suite of Cadence signoff tools were also used, including QRC Extraction, Tempus Timing Signoff Solution and the Physical Verification System, closing final signoff and achieving tapeout in 15 weeks from RTL availability.

"Projects like this Cortex-A12 processor test chip are important milestones, and can only be achieved through tight collaboration," said Anirudh Devgan, senior vice president of the Digital and Signoff Group at Cadence. "Our work with GLOBALFOUNDRIES and ARM will be welcome news for electronics companies interested in exploring ARM's newest core."

GLOBALFOUNDRIES' 28nm-SLP technology is ideally suited for the next generation of smart mobile devices, enabling designs with faster processing speeds, smaller feature sizes, lower standby power and longer battery life. The technology is based on GLOBALFOUNDRIES' "Gate First" approach to High-K Metal Gate (HKMG), which has been in volume production for nearly three years. The technology offers a combination of performance, power efficiency and cost that is ideally suited for the mobile market.

POP technology contains ARM Artisan® Physical IP logic libraries and memory instances specifically tuned for a given ARM core and process technology, a comprehensive benchmarking report to pinpoint exact conditions and results ARM achieved for core implementation, and POP implementation knowledge including a user guide, floor plans and scripts. POP IP products are currently available from 40nm to 28nm, with a roadmap down to 14nm process technology for a wide range of Cortex-A processor series CPU and Mali™ GPU products.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES will deliver a presentation on their joint work at CDNLive Silicon Valley today, March 12. The presentation is titled, "A Power-, Performance-, and Cost-Optimized Cortex-A12 Implementation in 28nm-SLP (Super-Low-Power) Technology"

About Cadence
Cadence enables global electronic design innovation 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 information about the company, its products, and services is available here.

About GLOBALFOUNDRIES
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 160 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.

© 2014 Cadence Design Systems, Inc.  All rights reserved worldwide. Cadence, the Cadence logo and Encounter are registered trademarks and Tempus is a trademark of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. ARM, Artisan and Cortex are registered trademarks of ARM Limited (or its subsidiaries) in the EU and/or elsewhere. Mali and POP are trademarks of ARM Limited (or its subsidiaries) in the EU and/or elsewhere. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

For more information, please contact:
Cadence Newsroom
408-944-7039
[email protected]

Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140102/SF39436LOGO

SOURCE Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
The deluge of IoT sensor data collected from connected devices and the powerful AI required to make that data actionable are giving rise to a hybrid ecosystem in which cloud, on-prem and edge processes become interweaved. Attendees will learn how emerging composable infrastructure solutions deliver the adaptive architecture needed to manage this new data reality. Machine learning algorithms can better anticipate data storms and automate resources to support surges, including fully scalable GPU-c...
With more than 30 Kubernetes solutions in the marketplace, it's tempting to think Kubernetes and the vendor ecosystem has solved the problem of operationalizing containers at scale or of automatically managing the elasticity of the underlying infrastructure that these solutions need to be truly scalable. Far from it. There are at least six major pain points that companies experience when they try to deploy and run Kubernetes in their complex environments. In this presentation, the speaker will d...
To Really Work for Enterprises, MultiCloud Adoption Requires Far Better and Inclusive Cloud Monitoring and Cost Management … But How? Overwhelmingly, even as enterprises have adopted cloud computing and are expanding to multi-cloud computing, IT leaders remain concerned about how to monitor, manage and control costs across hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. It’s clear that traditional IT monitoring and management approaches, designed after all for on-premises data centers, are falling short in ...
The vast majority of businesses now use cloud services, yet many still struggle with realizing the full potential of their IT investments. In particular, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) lack the internal IT staff and expertise to fully move to and manage workloads in public cloud environments. Speaker Todd Schwartz will help session attendees better navigate the complex cloud market and maximize their technical investments. The SkyKick co-founder and co-CEO will share the biggest challe...
Enterprises are striving to become digital businesses for differentiated innovation and customer-centricity. Traditionally, they focused on digitizing processes and paper workflow. To be a disruptor and compete against new players, they need to gain insight into business data and innovate at scale. Cloud and cognitive technologies can help them leverage hidden data in SAP/ERP systems to fuel their businesses to accelerate digital transformation success.
Dhiraj Sehgal works in Delphix's product and solution organization. His focus has been DevOps, DataOps, private cloud and datacenters customers, technologies and products. He has wealth of experience in cloud focused and virtualized technologies ranging from compute, networking to storage. He has spoken at Cloud Expo for last 3 years now in New York and Santa Clara.
Predicting the future has never been more challenging - not because of the lack of data but because of the flood of ungoverned and risk laden information. Microsoft states that 2.5 exabytes of data are created every day. Expectations and reliance on data are being pushed to the limits, as demands around hybrid options continue to grow.
Machine learning provides predictive models which a business can apply in countless ways to better understand its customers and operations. Since machine learning was first developed with flat, tabular data in mind, it is still not widely understood: when does it make sense to use graph databases and machine learning in combination? This talk tackles the question from two ends: classifying predictive analytics methods and assessing graph database attributes. It also examines the ongoing lifecycl...
While some developers care passionately about how data centers and clouds are architected, for most, it is only the end result that matters. To the majority of companies, technology exists to solve a business problem, and only delivers value when it is solving that problem. 2017 brings the mainstream adoption of containers for production workloads. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ben McCormack, VP of Operations at Evernote, discussed how data centers of the future will be managed, how the p...
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
Wooed by the promise of faster innovation, lower TCO, and greater agility, businesses of every shape and size have embraced the cloud at every layer of the IT stack – from apps to file sharing to infrastructure. The typical organization currently uses more than a dozen sanctioned cloud apps and will shift more than half of all workloads to the cloud by 2018. Such cloud investments have delivered measurable benefits. But they’ve also resulted in some unintended side-effects: complexity and risk. ...
With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO have presented a rock star faculty as well as showcased hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors! In this blog post, we provide 7 tips on how, as part of our world-class faculty, you can deliver one of the most popular sessions at our events. But before reading...