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ARM, Globalfoundries outline 28-nanometer plans

According to the companies, the shift will enable mobile devices to offer 40 percent more computing performance and 100 percent greater battery life than the existing 45-nanometer process.

ARM and Globalfoundries have released details on their upcoming system-on-a-chip platform, which they say will combine "PC-class performance" and a huge jump in battery life for mobile devices.

The companies revealed the details Monday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Their system-on-a-chip platform is based on ARM's Cortex-A9 processor and Globalfoundries' 28-nanometer manufacturing process. The platform will be used in smartphones, tablets, and smartbooks.

The 28-nanometer process will allow devices built on the platform to have 40 percent more computing performance, 30 percent less power consumption, and 100 percent greater battery life than devices built using existing 45-nanometer processes, the companies said. Globalfoundries, the spin-off of Advanced Micro Devices' manufacturing operation, said it intends to start production on the new system-on-a-chip in the second half of the year.

Read more of "ARM, Globalfoundries outline 28nm SoC platform" at ZDNet U.K..