ARM and Global Foundries Form Strategic Partnership


Relationship leverages synergies between ARM’s leading low power processor architecture, optimized physical IP and partner Eco-system with GLOBALFOUNDRIES advanced technology, design and manufacturing excellence.

CAMBRIDGE, UK – October 6, 2009 – ARM [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMH)] and GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announces a long-term strategic relationship to provide their mutual customers with an innovative SoC enablement program.   To support the long-term relationship, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and ARM have signed a broad agreement on processor implementation and circuit optimization to provide mutual customers with a robust enablement program geared towards next-generation applications.

The SoC enablement program, built around a full suite of ARM Physical IP, Fabric IP and Processor IP, will deliver customers unparalleled design flexibility on GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ most advanced HKMG semiconductor manufacturing capabilities. The collaborative efforts of the partnership will initially focus on enabling SoC products which use the low power and high performance ARM Cortex -A9 processor on GLOBALFOUNDRIES 28nm HKMG process.  The characteristics of GLOBALFOUNDRIES 28nm “Gate First” HKMG technology is optimized for high performance processing with minimal leakage making it an ideal choice for advanced mobile solutions.

“This announcement reflects our business value and strategy of providing best in class processor implementation by marrying our own processor and physical IP with world class manufacturing semiconductor technology,” said Warren East, chief executive officer, ARM.  “This collaboration with GLOBALFOUNDRIES and their commitment to delivering leading edge technology makes them an ideal partner to accelerate the adoption of ARM processor based technology at 28nm.” 

“This relationship further advances our strong focus to partner with industry leaders in processor design to deliver manufacturing and technology excellence at the leading edge,” said Doug Grose, chief executive officer, GLOBALFOUNDRIES.  “This highly complementary partnership leverages ARM’s architectural leadership along with GLOBALFOUNDRIES advanced technology to enable the deployment of 28nm SoC designs with exceptional performance for next-generation consumer devices.”

3vi1 5 years ago

Is it just me, or has GlobalFoundries cranked their press-release department up to 11?

Who are these mutual customers? Is that future customers? Yesterday's (first) GF story said AMD was their sole customer.

Soupstyle 5 years ago

I agree, ATIC seems like they are going to do as much as they can to position themselves in the semi manufacturing business while the industry is in the recession. Having gobs of oil-money must be nice.

gibbersome 5 years ago


I agree, never had heard of them before and now twice in 2 days. Something is rotten in the State of Denmark.

Also, what does ARM do exactly?

Soupstyle 5 years ago

ARM makes low power RISC processors like for mobile phones, etc.

They are also a EDA house and license their technology out to other companies.

gibbersome 5 years ago

Thanks for the info Soupstyle and 3vi1. Can't believe I hadn't heard about them before.

This little tidbit from wikipedia:

"As of 2007, about 98 percent of the more than a billion mobile phones sold each year use at least one ARM processor."

3vi1 5 years ago

ARM is actually pretty popular. As Soupstyle pointed out, they've been making RISC processors for many many years.

The Pandora, that I've been gushing about every so often, uses an ARM processor. The iPhone also uses an ARM processor.

Still, there's a GF media blitz going on here. :)

realneil 5 years ago

I only care if it results in lower priced products for us and competition for the Borg. (Intel)

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