ARM Teams Up With GlobalFoundries Over 28nm Manufacturing Process

UK-based ARM Holdings has announced a strategic partnership at the Mobile World Congress 2010 with chip maker GlobalFoundries to churn out products based on the latter's 28nm manufacturing process, which is 20 percent smaller than what Intel has achieved with Core i3, i5 and i7 range.

They are also collaborating on producing a mobile system-on-chip (SoC) platform that's based on the Cortex-A9 processor core - launched in the second half of 2009 - and likely to be build using the same High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process.

Both companies expect overall performance to increase by a staggering 40 percent, while power consumption is said to go down by 30 percent and battery life almost doubled compared to 45nm products.

As ARM suggested to us last year, there will be two versions; a super low power process which will produce chips for mobile and consumer applications and a 28-nm process for high performance applications.

Chia Song Hwee, the chief operating officer (COO) of Globalfoundries, said in a statement that “The success of the next generation of mobile products will be increasingly dependent on their ability to deliver PC-class performance, a highly integrated rich media experience and longer battery life”.

The first product themselves won't come out until towards the end of the 2010 with Globalfoundries confirming that it will start producing the SoC in the second half of 2010. ARM and GlobalFoundries have been in discussions since October 2009.