Cadence, ARM, and Samsung Tapeout Industry's First Cortex-A-Based 14nm/FinFET Chip

Collaboration partnership and technology readiness are key to enabling the latest advanced-node SoC designs


Through close collaboration, Cadence, ARM, and Samsung have taped out the industry’s first Cortex-A based bulk CMOS 14nm FinFET test chip. Built on the high-performance ARM® Cortex™-A7 processor and designed with the comprehensive Cadence® Encounter® RTL-to-signoff flow, it is the first such type of chip to effectively utilize the Samsung 14nm FinFET process. ARM used Cadence Virtuoso® tools to develop the 14nm FinFET libraries. The Cadence flow delivers a complete methodology for custom and digital cell design, place-and-route, signoff extraction, timing, and power analysis at 14nm with FinFETs.

Highlighting the value of global collaboration, the project was completed in just two months, with RTL developed in Hsinchu, physical implementation performed in and standard cells designed in Austin, memories in San Jose, and fabrication in Seoul. The announcement is a leap forward in process validation to help customers adopt 14nm/FinFET and develop cutting-edge SoCs for future mobile devices.



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