HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. today announced it has expanded its agreement with ARM Ltd. to offer the ARM7TDMI core intellectual property (IP), which has been silicon-verified by TSMC.
Foundry customers will now be able to implement ARM IP for advanced system-on-chip (SoC) solutions, fabricated with TSMC technology, to target emerging, high-growth applications including wired and wireless networking, as well as consumer Internet-enabled solutions.
TSMC has offered the ARM architecture from the 0.60-micron generation down to the current 0.18-micron processing, said Mike Pawlik, vice president of corporate marketing for TSMC. "ARM's Foundry Program further strengthens our relationship, combining TSMC's proven manufacturing excellence with the high-performance, low-power ARM cores to create leading-edge products for a variety of emerging markets," he said.
Rival foundry United Microelectronics Group recently began offering ARM cores, including the ARM7TDMI (see Feb. 28 story ).
"The demand for ARM solutions from foundry customers continues to grow," said Reynette Au, vice president of worldwide marketing for ARM in Cambridge, England. "Many of our Silicon Partners already work directly with TSMC, the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, to produce ARM Powered devices. By extending this relationship through our new Foundry Program, ARM and TSMC will continue to drive the ARM architecture's acceptance as the industry's leading 16- and 32-bit RISC embedded processor core."