New ARM And Flash Plans Unveiled

GlobalFoundries has been laying out its schedule for moving into 28nm and smaller chip production and has unveiled new ARM and Flash development plans.

The company will be launching a new set of 28nm High Performance Plus (HPP) chips at the end of next year that give a 10 per cent performance boost and a new RF CMOS design for 'system on a chip' building.

The mobile and small device market will also be addressed with Super Low Power (SLP) chips, Gregg Bartlett, senior vice president of technology and research and development at GlobalFoundries told delegates at the company's first Global Technology Conference.

"We ramped to volume production at the 45/40nm generation well ahead of all foundries and we are poised to maintain this leadership at 32/28nm, with plans to extend this to the 22/20nm node," he said.

The first 22/20nm chips would begin volume production in 2013, with testing hardware chips for manufacturers and system builders due at the end of 2012. All will use High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) technology for faster processing.

GlobalFoundries used the event to show off its first ARM A9 ''Technology Qualification Vehicle'' (TQV), which will allow final chip designs to be approved by manufacturers. The new chip was co-developed with ARM in Germany and initial testing data is expected by the end of the year.

"As the industry adopts increasingly advanced process technologies, there is a growing need for close collaboration between design and manufacturing," said Simon Segars, ARM's executive vice president and general manager of its Physical IP Division.

"Our partnership will enable customers to rapidly bring high-performance, low-power ARM technology-based designs to market on 28nm HKMG technology."

GlobalFoundries also used the event to announce a joint deal with Freescale to develop thin film storage (TFS) 90nm Flash memory chips. The first test chips have already been started and the new designs will be signed off in the first half of 2011.

"Our partnership with GLOBALFOUNDRIES will allow us to accelerate industrialisation of our TFS technology, helping us remain at the forefront of embedded innovation," said Reza Kazerounian, senior vice president and general manager of Freescale's Microcontroller Solutions Group.

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