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ARM® POP™ IP leverages our market leading processor knowledge with our Artisan® Physical IP products to deliver the highest performance ARM Cortex implementations for our processor licensees.  ARM currently offers POP IP for a wide range of ARM processor cores; Cortex-A57 and A53 (64 bit big.LITTLE), Cortex-A15 and A7 (32 bit big.LITTLE), Cortex-A9, Cortex-A5, Mail T628/78 GPU and Cortex-M series.  ARM POP IP is core-hardening acceleration technology for producing the best ARM processor implementations in the fastest time-to-market.

ARM's processor engineering teams and physical IP engineering teams work cooperatively to solve implementation challenges by tightly coupling core and POP IP product development.  This unique, in-depth level of core and physical IP co-development produces the industry-leading results, which could only be possible with ARM's vertically integrated IP capabilities. 

POP IP products are also a critical element in implementing ARM hard macros, such as the ARM Cortex-A9 Dual Core hard macro for TSMC 40G process and Cortex-A15 Quad Core hard macro for TSMC 28HPM process.

The ARM POP solutions provide:  

  • Flexibility to optimize for maximum performance, lowest power, or any combination in between
  • A predictable performance solution for ARM Cortex-A, Mali T628 and T678 and Cortex-M processor implementations 
  • The shortest time-to-market by leveraging ARM low-power implementation knowledge
  • Dependable production solutions using validated IP
 


ARM POP technology accelerates the core hardening for ARM’s Cortex-A series CPU with market leading performance, power and area.  POP solutions are comprised of three critical elements necessary to achieve an optimized ARM core implementation. 
  1. First, it contains Artisan Physical IP standard cells, logic and memory cache instances that are specifically tuned for a given ARM processor and foundry technology. This Physical IP is developed through a tightly coupled collaboration with ARM’s processor development teams in an iterative process to identify the optimal performance and the best energy efficiency.      
  2. Second, it includes a comprehensive benchmarking report to document the exact conditions and results ARM achieved for the core implementation across an envelope of configuration and design targets.      
  3. Finally, it includes the detail implementation knowledge including floor plans, scripts, design utilities and a POP Implementation Guide that details the methodology used to achieve the result, which enable the end customer to achieve the similar implementation results quickly and at low risk.

 


ARM currently offers the ARM® Cortex™-A57 POP IP products at popular foundries for 28nm geometries.  The ARM Cortex-A57 POP technology supports single core, dual core or quad core configurations.   The Cortex-A57 processor is often used as a stand alone multi-core solution for high performance mobile applications.  The A57 is also a critical part of the ARM 64 bit big.LITTLE solution consisting of two compute clusters; an A53 cluster and an a A57 cluster.  ARM POP technology for A57 and A53 can fully enable the 64 bit big.LITTLE configuration.

ARM currently offers the ARM® Cortex™-A53 POP IP products at popular foundries for 28nm geometries.  The ARM Cortex-A53 POP technology supports single core, dual core or quad core configurations.  The Cortex-A53 processor can also be used as a stand-alone multi-core solution for low power, mid performance applications.  

 


ARM currently offers the ARM® Cortex™-A15 POP IP products at popular foundries for 28nm geometries.  The ARM Cortex-A15 POP technology supports single core, dual core or quad core configurations.   The Cortex-A15 processor is often used as a stand alone multi-core solution for high performance mobile applications.  The A15 is also a critical part of the ARM big.LITTLE solution consisting of two compute clusters; an A7 cluster and an a A15 cluster.  ARM POP technology for A7 and A15 can fully enable the big.LITTLE configuration.

ARM currently offers the ARM® Cortex™-A7 POP IP products at popular foundries for 40nm, and now 28nm geometries.  The ARM Cortex-A7 POP technology supports single core, dual core or quad core configurations.  The Cortex-A7 processor is often used as a stand-alone multi-core solution for low power, mid performance applications.  

The Cortex-A15 POP technology is also used in the development of the Seahawk A15 Quad core hard macro that ARM offers at TSMC 28HPM process node.  This hard macro deliver over 2 GHz in performance in a balanced-power implementation.

 


ARM currently offers the ARM® Cortex™-A9 POP IP solution at popular foundries for 40nm, 32nm and now 28nm geometries. All POP IP products are silicon proven by ARM and in most cases by our customers' production SoC.  The ARM Cortex-A9 POP IP supports single core, dual core or quad core configurations. At TSMC 40nmG process, ARM's Cortex-A9 POP technology is the base for the Cortex A9 Osprey Hard Macro.  Osprey is a Dual core implementation that delivers up to 2.0 GHz performance (typical conditions).  Our customers trust ARM to deliver high performance implementation solutions based on our industry leadership in expertise, innovation and proven success.  

 

ARM is pleased to announce our first 28nm POP is our Cortex-A9 POP for GLOBALFOUNDRIES 28nmSLP process. The 28nmSLP process is a High K-Metal Gate technology targeting performance based, low power applications. The ARM A9 POP delivers up to 2.0 GHz performance under typical conditions.

Follow this link to learn more about GLOBALFOUNDRIES and the A9 POP

 

Nufront is an innovative Chinese semiconductor company that is targeting mobile, tablet and computing markets with ARM Cortex-A9 based SoCs powered by ARM's POP IP enabled hard macros.  They have achieved success in a broad range of technology including wireless communication, video search and digital image processing systems.  Nufront was the first company to produce an SoC with the Osprey hard macro running at 2.0 GHz (typical conditions).

Follow this link to read more about Nufront's POP IP success.

Panasonic a company recognized around the world for their inovative consumer products, develops many of the SoCs that power these consumer devices.  Pananonic trusts ARM to deliver top performance with the fasted time to market for their ARM Cortex A9 proceesor based implementations.  Panasonic's UniPhier MN2WS0220 System on Chip with a POP solution enabled Dual core Cortex A9, operating at 1.4 GHz (typical conditions), aims to provide customers with exciting multimedia solutions that combine high-quality audio and video with low power consumption, real-time processing, and secure technology.

“Panasonic licensed the ARM POP technology to achieve up to 1.4GHz performance for our ARM Cortex-A9 based SoC,” said Masaitsu Nakajima, General Manager of  Processor Core Technology at Panasonic. “ARM EDA tool support and production-ready physical IP helped accelerate our time-to-market.”

Follow this link to read more about Panasonic's POP IP success.

Samsung is one of largest semiconductor and consumer electronics companies in the world.  ARM's POP IP for the Cortex -A9 Dual Core was implemented in Samsung's 32nm High-K Metal gate process technology producing results of over 1.3 GHz performance(typical conditions). A mutual customer is now in production with ARM's 32nmLP Cortex A-9 POP IP at Samsung.

Follow this link to read more about Samsung's POP IP Success.

 

The ARM® Cortex™-A5 POP IP is targeted for low power, mid performance applications, and offered in single core and dual core configurations. The POP technology is also used in development of the ARM Gannet Hard Macro, a single core A5 implemented on TSMC® 40LP process with > 1.0 GHz performance (typical conditions).  

 

"To achieve our aggressive 1GHz target with the fastest time to market, we chose ARM’s Cortex-A5 POP IP and are more than satisfied with the results,” said Dr. Leo Li, President and CEO, Spreadtrum. “ARM’s multi channel standard cells and high density memory compilers delivered lower power, with an area saving, over the competing IP solutions.”


ARM now offers POP IP for our market leading Mali series graphics processor unit (GPUs) products.  The first GPUs to be supported with POP technology are the Mali T628 and T678 cores.  Developed in synergistic collaboration by ARM’s Media Processing and Physical IP divisions, the optimized POP IP technology has been created to produce the most efficient GPU implementations at 28nm. The POP IP enabled Mali-T600 series GPU implementation results in superior performance density/watt, and significant silicon savings.

To learn about Mali POP IP click here


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