ARM reveals first 32nm processor
By Stuart Turton
Posted on 17 Feb 2009 at 09:27
ARM has demonstrated its first Cortex processor based on IBM's 32nm processing technology.
The technology is built on IBM's high-k metal-gate technology, and allows more transistors to be packed into less space, reducing power consumption and allowing for smaller, more efficient devices.
ARM is estimating that power consumption could be reduced by as much as 10% using the new 32nm processors.
The Cambridge-based company doesn't manufacture its own processors, but instead licenses its designs to partners. Though it has released the design, the company says it does not expect the chip to go into full production until 2010.
Intel showed its first 32nm "Westmere" processor last week.
Alongside the 32nm demonstration, ARM was also showing off its new, low-cost "Sparrow" processor. Sparrow shares its instruction set with ARM's top-of-the-line Cortex A8, but can be used in a muti-core design to boost power.
Sparrow should be widespread by 2011, potentially powering the next-generation of netbooks according to ARM.
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