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TSMC and ARM today announced the first tape-out of an ARM Cortex-A57 processor on FinFET process technology. The Cortex-A57 processor is ARM's highest performing processor, designed to further extend the capabilities of future mobile and enterprise computing, including compute intensive applications such as high-end computer, tablet and server products. This is the first milestone in the collaboration between ARM and TSMC to jointly optimize the 64-bit ARMv8 processor series on TSMC FinFET process technologies. The two companies cooperated in the implementation from RTL to tape-out in six months using ARM Artisan physical IP, TSMC memory macros, and EDA technologies enabled by TSMC's Open Innovation Platform (OIP) design ecosystem.

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Tape out is a good start, what's the typical delay between a TSMC tape-out & mass production? 14nm Atom(Airmont) is going mass production in 2014, So if it takes TSMC 2 years then the 10nm Atom will come knocking soon after 16nm A57 hit the market.
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What's the performance of these A57's? Anyone have any numbers?
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Tape out is a good start, what's the typical delay between a TSMC tape-out & mass production? 14nm Atom(Airmont) is going mass production in 2014, So if it takes TSMC 2 years then the 10nm Atom will come knocking soon after 16nm A57 hit the market.

Depends how many times and if they have to re-spin or new revision.
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What's the performance of these A57's? Anyone have any numbers?

 

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will bring up to three times the CPU power of current chips for the same battery life -- or a maximum of five times the battery life at the same speed.

http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/02/tsmc-arm-cortex-a57-tape-out/

    
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yeah, armv8 64 bit will be quite fast, i just hope it doesn't take forever getting out of the enterprise market and into our hands (literally hands, phones etc)
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