CHIP DESIGNER ARM announced the availability of POP IP for its upcoming ARMv8 based Cortex A53 and Cortex A58 chips using TSMC's 28nm process node.
ARM's POP IP products are designed to help smaller ARM vendors design and manufacture chips based on its various architectures using specific process nodes that ARM and the foundry, in this case TSMC, has worked on developing. ARM announced POP IP products for its upcoming 64bit ARMv8 architecture using TSMC's 28nm high performance mobile process node and put the firm's upcoming 16nm FinFET process node on its POP IP roadmap.
ARM stressed the ability for its Cortex A53 and Cortex A58 chips to be used independantly or in its Big Little architecture. The firm said its POP IP products will enable dual-core and quad-core implementations of both chips.
John Heinlein, VP of marketing for the Physical IP Division at ARM said, "ARM is currently enabling its lead partners on Cortex A57 and Cortex A53 processor implementations with POP IP and physical IP platforms, and we are committed to support our partners on the leading process nodes.
"Only ARM can offer a complete roadmap of POP IP core-hardening acceleration solutions so deeply integrated and tightly aligned with ARM processor development activities now and into the future."
ARM said its 16nm POP IP products for both Cortex A53 and Cortex A58 chips will be released in the fourth quarter of 2013, which gives an indication of when TSMC will have its next generation process node ready. TSMC's various 28nm process nodes have been very popular and capacity for its 16nm FinFET process node is likely to prove equally popular with high-profile chip vendors like AMD, Nvidia and Qualcomm. µ