THE FIVE-HEADED DESIGN MONSTER that is IBM, Globalfoundaries, ARM, Synopsys and Samsung has issued a technology enablement plan for the design and manufacturing of advanced mobile and embedded devices.
Basically the design is for an optimized high performance, low-power processor along with physical fabrication IP from ARM. It also includes tools, connectivity IP and integrated design flow from Synopsys and 32nm/28nm low-power process technology from the Common Platform alliance of IBM, Samsung and Globalfoundaries.
The Common Platform is based around a 32nm and 28nm process using an innovative high-k metal gate method to fix the limitations of polysilicon technology.
The 32nm technology is scalable to 28nm for area optimization. It will mean that fabs can move to 28nm technology without the need for a major redesign.
This will mean that there will be a lower risk, reduced cost and faster time-to-market for anyone trying to use the technology. µ