Socle Technology Corporation and GLOBALFOUNDRIES have confirmed the tape out of Socle's first ARM Cortex-A9 based 28nm ASIC design using GLOBALFOUNDRIES' 28nm super low power technology (SLP) technology with Gate First High-K Metal Gate (HKMG).
The ASIC design, which features low power and high performance capabilities, is soon to be mass produced at GLOBALFOUNDRIES.
"This is a major milestone for GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Socle, and a door-opener for much more business in pan-Asia," said Mojy Chian, senior vice president of design enablement at GLOBALFOUNDRIES and chairperson of Socle Technology. "GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the major shareholder of Socle, and our two companies are set to elevate our level of close cooperation and build winning market strategies together."
"28nm ASIC designs have been challenging for design service houses. Socle is one of the few leading design service houses capable of this technical achievement," said Stone Peng, president and CEO, Socle Technology. "Socle has been dedicated to next-generation ASIC designs since its licensing agreement for ARM's Cortex-A9. This 28nm project will add significant momentum to Socle's business growth."
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