First 64-bit ARMv8 Cortex-A57 chip built on the 16nm FinFET technology taped out by TSMC



ARM chips using the 32-bit ARMv7 instruction set on Cortex-A5, A7, A8, A9 & A15 core designs will soon be driven into obsolescence thanks to the introduction of the first 64-bit ARM SoCs using the new ARMv8 instruction which is a huge step forward from its predecessor.

The Cortex-A57 along with the Cortex-A50 are the next step in the Cortex-A family, it represents an evolution of the classic ARMv7 SoCs to a more robust 64-bit architecture.┬áIt is the fastest ARM chip to date and it can handle compute intensive applications beyond phones and tablets. The first Cortex-A57 was recently taped by world’s largest dedicated semiconductor foundry TSMC, the chip is based on TSMC’s 16nm FinFET & will use 20nm transistors & revolves around the ARM big.LITTLE processing and ARM POP IP.


Cortex-A57 at a Glance:

– Out-of-Order ARMv8 32/64 Core
– Up to Quad-Core Design
– 44-bit Virtual Memory Address
– Up to 16TB RAM (LPDDR3 to DDR4)
– 48KB L1 I-Cache (w/DED parity)
– 32KB L1 D-Cache (w/ECC)
– NEON SIMD Engine
– 128KB – 2MB L2 Cache (w/ECC)
– 128-bit CoreLink Interconnect (CCI-400 and CCN-504)

This is the first milestone in the cooperation between the two companies to optimize the 64-bit ARMv8 processor series using the FinFET process techn