ARM and Globalfoundries announced a multi-year deal to work together to optimize SoC designs, including Mali graphics, on 20nm and FinFET manufacturing processes. Full details at EE Times.
One expected outcome of the agreement is a "rapid transition" from 20-nm planar to FinFET production. The two companies did not disclose a timetable for the commercial introduction of 20-LPM or FinFET processes by GlobalFoundries.
The deal comes a few weeks after ARM and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) announced a similar deal that covered 64-bit ARM processor cores for FinFET process technologies beyond the 20-nm node (see ARM, TSMC sign deal to ease FinFET introduction).
The deal with GlobalFoundries covers the 20-LPM manufacturing process as well as FinFET processes. It also extends beyond previous agreements between the two companies by covering ARM's Mali graphics processors.