ARM today made available 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 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.
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 its 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. 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 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.