The two companies already announced the development of 28-nm system-on-a-chip devices featuring ARM's Cortex-A9 microprocessor cores. Now, ARM and GlobalFoundries say their collaboration will span both super-low-power and high-performance variants of GlobalFoundries' 28-nm high-k metal-gate process. The low-power process will be targeted at "mobile and consumer" applications, while the high-performance process will serve for "applications requiring maximum performance"—no kidding.
In addition, the two firms have shared some performance and power consumption data. GlobalFoundries expects its 28-nm HKMG process to deliver a 40% performance increase within the same thermal envelope as 40- or 45-nm products. Coupling their know-how, ARM and GlobalFoundries also say they can achieve up to 30% less power consumption and 100% higher standby battery life.
This latest press release states that we'll see GlobalFoundries-produced, ARM-powered system-on-a-chip devices in smart phones, tablets, and so-called "smartbooks"—laptops that look and behave like netbooks, but contain ARM-based chips instead of Intel processors.
GlobalFoundries still aims to kick off production of devices based on its 28-nm HKMG process in the second half of this year.