GlobalFoundries Hits ARM Speed High WIth Dual-Core 2.5GHz Test Chip

GlobalFoundries, the chip fabrication giant spun off from AMD, has announced the first test chip based on a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 design to hit 2.5GHz, along with the taping out of a 20nm SoC design using the company's Technology Qualification Vehicle (TQV).

"Today's announcement is a clear demonstration that the TQV strategy developed with ARM is paying dividends in our 32/28nm HKMG technology by delivering impressive performance and energy-efficiency," claimed Mojy Chian, senior vice president of design enablement, at GlobalFoundries. "We continue to work closely with ARM to leverage our TQV strategy as an integral part of 20nm process technology development. This enables our customers to rapidly ramp up their next-generation designs based on ARM Cortex-A series processors to high-volume production."

"These milestones are proof that the strategic collaboration involving Cortex-A series processors implemented using Artisan advanced physical IP and GlobalFoundries' 28nm process technology is able to deliver leading high-performance, energy-efficient solutions," added Simon Segars, executive vice president and general manager, physical IP division, ARM. "Furthermore, it serves as a foundation for next-generation mobile and high-end consumer devices using 20nm process technology."

The 2.5GHz performance results are based on wafers running in GlobalFounderies Fab 1 in Dresden, Germany, on the company's 28nm high performance technology. An additional performance increase is expected on GlobalFoundries' 28nm High Performance Plus (HPP) platform.

Thus far, GlobalFoundries has not indicated when the 2.5GHz chip will be coming to market.