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ARM Announces 32nm Cortex-A9 Processor Optimizations

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--ARM today announced their newest optimization package for the ARM® Cortex™-A9 processor, targeting Samsung 32nm LP High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process technology. This ARM Processor Optimization Pack (POP) provides a highly tuned foundation for implementing Cortex-A9 processors in low power, mobile applications. Based on ARM Artisan® optimized logic and memory physical IP, the POP is also supported by implementation knowledge and ARM benchmarking, p a style='fon

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									ARM Announces 32nm Cortex-A9 Processor
Optimizations
World’s first 32nm Cortex™- A9 core test chip implemented on Samsung HKMG process using ARM
Processor Optimization Pack

November 09, 2010 12:17 PM Eastern Time  

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--ARM today announced their newest optimization
package for the ARM® Cortex™-A9 processor, targeting Samsung 32nm LP High-K Metal Gate (HKMG)
process technology. This ARM Processor Optimization Pack (POP) provides a highly tuned foundation for
implementing Cortex-A9 processors in low power, mobile applications. Based on ARM Artisan® optimized logic
and memory physical IP, the POP is also supported by implementation knowledge and ARM benchmarking,
providing a rich foundation for leading edge System-on-Chip (SoC) designs. The Processor Optimization Pack
enables operation over 1 GHz, and is available for immediate licensing from ARM.

Earlier this year ARM designed a dual-core test chip implementation of the Cortex-A9 processor targeting
Samsung’s 32nm LP process using the Cortex-A9 Processor Optimization Pack, to evaluate the POP’s capabilities.
The resulting test chip was manufactured by Samsung; the silicon is functional and now being tested by ARM where
operation at up to 1.6GHz under nominal conditions has been observed.

“Mobile SoC designs are requiring not only low-power but higher performance for the increasing range of
applications now available to mobile users,” said Jay Min, vice president business development for Samsung
Foundry and ASIC. “We are pleased to see the powerful combination of Samsung’s 32nm LP HKMG process with
ARM cores and physical IP to provide the highest levels of energy efficiency and performance in next generation
SoC platforms.” 

“ARM has pushed the envelope to deliver a unique enhanced physical IP product that highlights the compelling
advantages of Samsung 32nm HKMG technology”, says John Heinlein, vice president of marketing, ARM Physical
IP Division. “Through this package, which features ARM Artisan physical IP to accelerate critical paths in the
design, we are delivering a platform that enables the most advanced mobile chips in the industry” 

ARM designers will present their experiences from this implementation project at the ARM 2010 Technology
Conference, in the session titled “Proven Methodologies for Cortex-A9 Implementation >1 GHz”, held on Tuesday,
November 9, 2010, 1:45pm — 2:35pm in Santa Clara, CA.

About ARM

ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and
consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM’s comprehensive
product offering includes 32-bit RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video engines, enabling software, cell
libraries, embedded memories, high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined
with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and the company’s broad Partner
community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics
companies. Find out more about ARM by following these links:

   l   ARM website: http://www.arm.com/
   l   ARM Connected Community: http://www.arm.com/community/
   l   ARM Blogs: http://blogs.arm.com/
   l   ARMFlix on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ARMflix
   l   ARM on Twitter:

   l   http://twitter.com/ARMMobile
   l   http://twitter.com/ARMCommunity
   l   http://twitter.com/ARMEmbedded
   l   http://twitter.com/ARMLowPwr
   l   http://twitter.com/KeilTools
   l   http://twitter.com/ARMMali

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Contacts
ARM
Alan Tringham, +44 1223 400947
alan.tringham@arm.com
or
ARM
Erik Ploof, 425-880-6033
erik.ploof@arm.com

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