TSMC and GlobalFoundries Report 3GHz ARM Processors on the Way

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News Posted: Thu, Jul 11 2013 9:14 AM
If you thought today's mobile devices were fast, wait until you see what ARM has up its sleeve for next year. Chip makers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and GlobalFoundries have both let it be known that they're planning to build 3GHz ARM processor sometime in 2014, which will inevitably end up in System-on-Chip (SoC) platforms for smartphones and tablets.

The fastest ARM chip currently available is 2.3GHz, though the majority of high-end parts are in the neighborhood of 1.6GHz, such as what's found in Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 handset. By bumping the clockspeed to 3GHz, ARM is sending a clear message to rivals Intel and AMD that it doesn't plan on conceding the mobile market, at least not without a fight.

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In order to hit 3GHz, TSMC and GlobalFoundries will use a 20nm manufacturing process, down from the current 28nm standard. By going with the smaller process, the upcoming chips are expected to be more efficient than today's silicon, which will ultimately benefit battery life.

While this is going on, Intel will make a bid for mobile devices with its Bay Trail chips. Some benchmarks have shown Bay Trail to be around 30 percent faster than ARM's fastest chip.
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Dave_HH replied on Thu, Jul 11 2013 12:03 PM

Good to hear ARM cores scaling that high in low power configs.

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realneil replied on Thu, Jul 11 2013 8:35 PM

They keep improving at a fantastic rate. It's all good for the consumer.

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its good to hear that amd and intel will have some competition, because they will improve more

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Wow that is great to hear 3gz at 20nm in a phone or tablet but isnt running at that speed generate heat. I dont know to much but i do know that cpus running that fast in desktops do generate a lot of heat how can these chips run without fans or cooling systems.

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