Cadence, Globalfoundries test chip features ARM Cortex-A12 processor in 28nm-SLP process

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.

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.

Cadence enables global electronic design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today´s integrated circuits and electronics. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world.

Globalfoundries is a full-service semiconductor foundry with a global footprint. Launched in March 2009, the company provides a unique combination of advanced technology and manufacturing to more than 160 customers. Its website is at http://www.globalfoundries.com.

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