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ARM and Taiwan Semiconductor: New Mobile Chip Ready for Mass Production

By Evan Niu, CFA - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:20PM

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The two companies have finalized processor design and the Cortex-A57 is ready for mass production.

British chip designer ARM Holdings (ARMH) and contract chip manufacturer Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM 0.42%) today announced the first "tape-out" of a Cortex-A57 processor on TSMC's FinFET process technology. A tape-out indicates completion of the initial processor design and shows that a chip is ready for mass production.

The Cortex-A57 is a high-performance 64-bit processor that will inevitably find its way into mobile devices. The Cortex-A57 is one of the first 64-bit processor designs from ARM. ARM and TSMC have been collaborating on development to optimize ARM's newest processor series on TSMC's 16-nanometer FinFET process.

The new chips are expected to deliver dramatic performance improvements alongside power efficiency gains.

 
 

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