X-bit Labs writes ARM and UMC have teamed up to develop a low-cost 28nm Cortex-A7 processor:
United Microelectronics Corp., once a leading contract maker of chips, these days can hardly compete against its rivals when it comes to innovative process technologies. Nonetheless, the company can produce chips at very competitive price-points, which makes it a unique choice for those, who develop solutions for low-cost devices.
On Tuesday ARM Holdings and UMC announced that they have successfully developed a low-cost physical implementation of ARM Cortex-A7 general-purpose processing core (ARM Artisan physical IP platform along with POP IP) for 28nm HLP [high-performance low-power] process technology. Partners of the two companies can now easily integrate the A7 cores into their system-on-chip designs that are made using the aforementioned manufacturing process.