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IBM sign 14nm deal with ARM

ARM are one of the UK’s most exciting companies and they have just announced a deal with IBM to help with the 14nm production process.

ARM are dominating the low power market right now with a high percentage of their designs being used in smartphone, tablet and embedded sectors. They aren’t resting here however as they want into the server sector, introducing support for large quantities of memory and virtualisation extensions. They have also made their intentions clear that they want to expand into the notebook and desktop market, although this will be much tougher as they will have to go head to head against cutting edge designs from Intel.

ARM designs are based around the RISC architecture and are considered to be the best on the market for low powered devices, however they are facing a tough road ahead as they try to shrink the process size to create smaller, faster and even more power efficient designs.

IBM are stepping in to help and the recent deal will help ARM move beyond the 28nm process size right down to 14nm. This means chips will be produced which are cheaper, faster and cooler.

Michael Cadigan the general manager of the IBM microelectronics arm said “We plan to continue working closely with ARM and our foundry customers to speed the momentum of ARM technology by delivering highly advanced, low-power semiconductor technology for a variety of new communications and computing devices.”

KitGuru says: ARM will go from strength to strength, especially with IBM behind them.

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