ARM and semiconductor foundry UMC today announced an agreement to offer the ARM Artisan physical IP platform along with POP IP for UMC's 28nm low-power (HLP) process technology.
UMC and ARM will provide their customers an advanced process
technology and a comprehensive physical IP platform under this
The energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A7 processor has seen broad
adoption in smartphones, tablets, DTV and other consumer
products. The ARM POP IP for the Cortex-A7 processor is
targeted for 1.2GHz on UMC's 28HLP platform, and delivery began
in December 2013.
UMC's 28HLP process is the foundry's 28nm Poly-SiON technology
that provides a balance of size, speed and power leakage. These
process characteristics makes the process a choice for a
variety of applications that require low power consumption
without compromising performance, including portable, wireless
LAN, and both wired and handheld consumer products. The foundry
is currently in pilot production for products on 28HLP, with
volume production expected in early 2014.
The ARM Artisan physical IP platform for UMC's 28nm poly SiON
process provides the building blocks to implement SoC designs.
ARM's IP platform offers a set of memory compilers, standard
cells and logic, and general-purpose interface products that
meet the performance and power requirements for mobile
communications and computing.
ARM's standard cell libraries and memory compilers incorporate
multi-channel and mixed Vt features to enable a wide
performance and power spectrum which utilizes the performance
and power range of UMC's poly SiON process.