ARM and GlobalFoundries have spilled some details on their latest system-on-a-chip (SoC), based on an ARM Cortex-A9 processor and promising a boost in both battery life and performance. In fact, the two companies reckon systems using the chip will see a 40-percent increase in computing performance, while power consumption will be 30-less and standby times doubled.
Target markets include smartphones, tablets, smartbooks and embedded devices – pretty much the growth segments every other ARM-based chipset company are trying to dominate – and the whole thing uses GlobalFoundries various 28nm processes. The company will apparently push two types of 28nm build: super low power (SLP), addressing mobile and consumer applications, and high performance (HP) for power-intensive applications. Production of the chips will begin in the second half of 2010.