Candence and ARM making first Cortex-A57 64 bit processor on 16 nanometer process

1. Fulfilling the promise of performance and power scaling at 16 nanometers, ARM and Cadence today announced details behind their collaboration to implement the first ARM® Cortex®-A57 processor on TSMC’s 16-nanometer (nm) FinFET manufacturing process The Cortex-A57 processor is ARM’s highest-performing processor to date, and is based on the new ARMv8 architecture, designed for computing, networking and mobile applications that require high performance at a low-power budget. TSMC’s 16nm FinFET technology is a significant breakthrough that enables continued scaling of process technology to feature sizes below 20nm. It is the first Cortex-A57 64-bit Processor on TSMC 16nm FinFET Process.

2. Cadence Design Systems, a leader in global electronic design innovation, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Tensilica, Inc., a leader in dataplane processing IP. Tensilica has high performance and energy efficient processors which could be used to develop more powerful supercomputers.

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