updated 07:36 am EDT, Wed July 10, 2013
Next-gen ARM-based chips ramping to 3GHz in 2014
ARM processors will be ramping clock speeds to 3GHz in 2014, a statement by the company reveals. Currently, its high-end chip designs for 2013 are being fabricated on a 28nm process. Chips like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and the Nvidia Tegra 4i, built using ARM designs, are fabricated on a 28nm process with clock speeds hitting a ceiling of 2.3GHz.
In 2014, TSMC (which recently signed a fabrication deal with Apple) and GlobalFoundaries are moving to 20nm process, which will set the stage for the new 3GHz chips. Moreover, the next-generation of processors are expected to deliver a 30 percent higher clock speed, but at 25 percent reduction thanks to inherent efficiency gains in switching to a 20nm process coupled with next-gen chip architecture.
However, ARM is of the view that most of the additional transistors that will fit on the new dies will be dedicated to graphics processing performance. "The 25 percent reduction in power consumption can be translated into a 25 percent better battery life boost with next generation SoCs. Since poor battery life is still one of the top complaints when it comes to smartphones, consumers should look forward to 20nm," said ARM's Fuad Abazovic.