GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics Co., Ltd. today
announced that Rockchip's next-generation mobile processors are ramping
to production on GLOBALFOUNDRIES' 28nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process
technology. Based on a multi-core ARM Cortex-A9 design, the RK3188 and
RK3168 chips are optimized for tomorrow's high-performance, low-cost
tablets that require long-lasting battery life (see product
specifications in annex).
The combination of Rockchip's design and GLOBALFOUNDRIES' 28nm HKMG
process technology resulted in a mainstream tablet System-on-Chip (SoC)
capable of operating at up to 1.8 GHz performance, while still
maintaining the power efficiency expected by mobile device users. The
chips began sampling to OEMs in early 2013 and are now ramping to
support a wide range of manufacturers.
"Collaborative foundry partnerships are critical for us to differentiate
ourselves in the competitive market for mainstream mobile SoCs," said
Chen Feng, vice president of Rockchip. "We have chosen GLOBALFOUNDRIES
as our strategic source partner of 28nm HKMG because their
state-of-the-art 28nm HKMG process has allowed us to ramp our products
with very high yields in a relatively short timeframe. This partnership
is a true demonstration of GLOBALFOUNDRIES' unique approach to
Collaborative Device Manufacturing."
"At GLOBALFOUNDRIES, we are constantly seeking opportunities to offer
our customers innovative silicon solutions to help them get the most
benefits from their SoC designs," said Mike Noonen, executive vice
president of marketing, sales, design and quality at GLOBALFOUNDRIES.
"Our partnership with Rockchip is a great example of how early
collaboration can result in better performance and power characteristics
with reduced time-to-market. We are excited to see Rockchip successfully
leveraging this technology on our production-proven HKMG process."
GLOBALFOUNDRIES' 28nm-SLP technology is ideally suited for the next
generation of smart mobile devices, enabling designs with faster
processing speeds, smaller feature sizes, lower standby power and longer
battery life. The technology is based on GLOBALFOUNDRIES' "Gate First"
approach to HKMG, which has been in volume production for more than two
years. The technology offers a combination of perfomance,
power-efficiency and cost that are ideally suited for the cost-sensitive
mainstream mobile market.
Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics Co., Ltd. is a China leading fabless
semiconductor company and mobile-internet SOC solution provider founded
in Year 2001. Rockchip focuses on mobile Internet Platform with products
targeted on Mobile Internet terminals (Tablet/OTT-BOX/Dongle/e-Book) and
portable multimedia entertainment terminals (MP3/PMP). Rockchip has
combined its Video/Audio and Android experience to produce semiconductor
(IC) solutions for the world-famous OEM/ODM and Brand customers. The
headquarters of Rockchip is in Fuzhou, responsible for designing and
developing, and three branches in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen,
focuses on programs and marketing. For more information, visit http://www.rock-chips.com.
GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the world's first full-service semiconductor foundry
with a truly global footprint. Launched in March 2009, the company has
quickly achieved scale as the second largest foundry in the world,
providing a unique combination of advanced technology and manufacturing
to more than 160 customers. With operations in Singapore, Germany and
the United States, GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the only foundry that offers the
flexibility and security of manufacturing centers spanning three
continents. The company's three 300mm fabs and five 200mm fabs provide
the full range of process technologies from mainstream to the leading
edge. This global manufacturing footprint is supported by major
facilities for research, development and design enablement located near
hubs of semiconductor activity in the United States, Europe and Asia.
GLOBALFOUNDRIES is owned by the Advanced Technology Investment Company
(ATIC). For more information, visit http://www.globalfoundries.com.
ANNEX: Rockchip RK 3188 and RK3168 Product
RK3188 High Performance Quad-core Mobile Application Processer
RK3168 Ultra low-power Dual-core Mobile Application Processor
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