AnandTech – ARM & Cadence Tape Out 20nm Cortex A15 Test Chip

In past readings of announcements and analysis of announcements from ARM and Calxeda, I got the impression everyone was looking forward to ARM-15 4core cpus that had 64bit capability, specially the 64-bit addressing for large amounts of DRAM. Well now the first test chip for ARM-15 has been announced. And the timescale for the production release of that chips is now clearer. My only question is when will they announce the x64 version of ARM-15. Let’s first look at what’s been written so far. Read On:

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The test chip will be fabbed at TSMC on its next-generation 20nm process, a full node reduction ~50% transistor scaling over its 28nm process. With the first 28nm ARM based products due out from TSMC in 2012, this 20nm tape-out announcement is an important milestone but were still around two years away from productization. 

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Happy Halloween! And like most years there are some tricks up ARM’s sleeve announced this past week along with some partnerships that should make things trickier for the Engineers trying to equip ever more energy efficient and dense Data Centers the world over.

It’s been announced, the ARM15 is coming to market some time in the future. Albeit a ways off yet. And it’s going to be using a really narrow design rule to insure it’s as low power as it possibly can be. I know manufacturers of the massively parallel compute cloud in a box will be seeking out this chip as soon as samples can arrive. The 64bit version of ARM15 is the real potential jewel in the crown for Calxeda who is attempting to balance low power and 64bit performance in the same design.

I can’t wait to see the first benchmarks of these chips apart from the benchmarks from the first shipping product Calxeda can get out with the ARM15 x64. Also note just this week Hewlett-Packard has signed on to sell designs by Calxeda in forth coming servers targeted at Energy Efficient Data Center build-outs. So more news to come regarding that partnership and you can read it right here @ Carpetbomberz.com

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