Socle Debuts ARM 9 Development Kit for Chartered's 65nm Low-Power Process

Socle Technology Corporation, a leading SoC design services company in Taiwan, announced the availability of a development kit for designers targeting the ARM 9(TM) family processor for the 65-nanometer (nm) low-power (LP) manufacturing process available from Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd.(NASDAQ:CHRT) (SGX:CHARTERED). The kit features a hardened ARM926EJ-S(TM) processor, capable of operating at more than 500MHz, and all the necessary peripheral IP to create a feature-rich high-performance, low-power ARM®technology-based SoC.

The development kit for the Chartered 65nm process extends a long relationship between the two companies that includes similar kits targeting the foundry’s 130nm and 90nm process technologies. The latest solution is a customer-driven core which has been taped out on the most recent 65nm silicon multi-project wafer with projected silicon validation completed by the end of the year.

“The Socle development kits and design services have proven to be a reliable and efficient way for our mutual customers to design and manufacture a wide variety of ARM technology-based products using Chartered’s leading-edge manufacturing processes. We believe it is important to give our customers choice and confidence by enabling a range of world-class 65nm design enablement solutions for our 300-millimeter (mm) wafer fab,” said Kay Chai Ang, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Chartered. “The combination of Chartered’s leading-edge technologies and flexible customer support with Socle’s development kits can greatly reduce risk and development time.”

The Socle 65nm ARM926EJ-S test chip on Chartered’s process was completed using solutions representative of Chartered’s design enablement ecosystem. A high-speed 65nm LP Advantage(TM) standard cell library and a 65nm LP Advantage(TM) SP SRAM compiler from the ARM Artisan® platform; programmable GPIO I/O libraries from Aragio Solutions; and a PLL from True Circuits Inc. were all integrated as part of the test chip. The ARM926EJ-S hardcore is ready to be integrated into customers’ product designs.

The development kit from Socle contains the test chip and an ARM CPU daughter board, as well as an SoC Development Kit which provides industry-standard high-speed controllers such as a DDR controller, a USB2.0 host/device controller and a PCI controller, as well as popular low-speed peripherals such as Watch Dog Timer, Timer, GPIO and I2C, and complete board supporting package (BSP) and drivers for embedded Linux.

“The Socle test chip, targeting Chartered’s low-power process, sets the bar for world-class performance of a 65nm ARM926EJ-S processor. It takes advantage of the low-power and integration benefits of the Chartered 65nm process, and provides customers with a highly effective way to achieve timing closure in their complex SoC designs,” said Owen Bair, chief operating officer of Socle. “For applications requiring this type of embedded processing solution, we are confident this partnership can deliver significant time and cost savings.”

Customers can contact Socle or their local Chartered representative for more details on how to access the Socle ARM development kits and for pricing information.

About Chartered
Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHRT) (SGX:CHARTERED), one of the world’s top dedicated semiconductor foundries, offers leading-edge technologies down to 65 nanometer (nm), enabling today’s system-on-chip designs. The company further serves the needs of customers through its collaborative, joint development approach on a technology roadmap that extends to 45nm. Chartered’s strategy is based on open and comprehensive design enablement solutions, manufacturing enhancement methodologies, and a commitment to flexible sourcing. In Singapore, the company operates a 300mm fabrication facility and four 200mm facilities.

About SOCLE Technology
SOCLE Technology is dedicated itself into providing professional SoC design platform solutions and SoC design services. SOCLE’s main R&D team is made up of employees from major high tech companies around the globe and possesses broad experience in SoC design. SOCLE Technology owns solid design teams and core technologies, and its service scope not only covers major system providers and IC design companies in Taiwan, but also expands to those in USA, Korea and China.