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The two hope that through joint efforts they will be able to knock out an optimised processor IP by ARM, tuned into IBM's manufacturing process to an anorexic 14nm.
Together, they will develop design platforms to align the manufacturing process, microprocessor and physical IP design teams. Both are hoping that their efforts will keep risk low and knock down barriers to moving to smaller sizes - with better density, power, performance and yield in system on chip designs.
IBM Micro's general manager Michael Cadigan says that the relationship, on since 2008, must continue: "We plan to continue working closely with ARM and our foundry customers to speed the momentum of ARM technology by delivering highly advanced, low-power semiconductor technology." Cortex, Cadigan says, is top of the line for smartphones and emerging technology.
Tudor Brown's empire continues to swell. ARM says the partnership will mean it can continue its "systematic test chip roadmap" and will be ready for processor IPs 20nm to 14nm.