Samsung, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced that it is expanding its strategic foundry collaboration with UK-based semiconductor and software design company ARM Holdings to its 7-nanometer and 5-nanometer FinFET process technology. This deal is in order to make sure its dominance in the high-end computing space remains intact.
They have made 3Ghz+ speeds for ARM Cortex A76 processors possible and in order to achieve this, they will be using ARM Artisan physical IP platform. This platform will be based on Samsung Foundry’s 7LPP (7nm Low Power Plus) and 5LPE (5nm Low Power Plus Early) process technologies.
“Building an extensive and differentiated design ecosystem is a must for our foundry customers,” said Ryan Sanghyun Lee, Vice President of Foundry Marketing Team at Samsung Electronics. “Collaboration with Arm in the fields of IP solutions is crucial to increase high-performance computing power and accelerate the growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning capabilities.”
Samsung’s 7LPP (7nm Low Power Plus) process technology is expected to start its initial production in the second half of 2018. It is also developing the first Extreme Ultra Violet (EUV) lithographic process technology and its key IPs. The development of EUV process technology is expected to be completed by the first half of 2019. The company’s 5LPE technology will allow greater area scaling and ultra-low power benefits because of the latest innovations in 7LPP process technology.
The Arm Artisan physical IP platform that will be used for Samsung’s 7LPP and 5LPE includes HD logic architecture. It’s a comprehensive suite of memory compilers, and 1.8V and 3.3V GPIO libraries. Other than that, Arm will also provide its Artisan POP IP solutions on its latest processor cores featuring Arm DyamIQ technology. Arm’s POP IP solution is a core-hardening acceleration technology that enables the best Arm processor implementations and the most rapid time-to-market.
“Arm and Samsung Foundry have collaborated on a large number of chips using Artisan physical IP on Samsung Foundry process technologies,” said Kelvin Low, vice president of marketing, Physical Design Group at Arm. “Samsung Foundry’s 7LPP and 5LPE nodes are innovative process technologies which will meet our mutual customers’ needs to deliver the next generation of advanced system-on-chips (SoCs) from mobile to hyperscale datacenters.”
The Foundry roadmap details, from 7nm EUV development to 3GAAE (3nm Gate-All-Around Early) technology, and new design solutions were presented at Samsung Foundry Forum 2018 on July 5, in Seoul. Samsung Foundry Forums were also held in US and China earlier this year. These forums are used to share details about it’s top-notch process technologies with its customers and partners throughout the world.