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Qualcomm processor to use TSMC 28HPM tech

Posted: 27 Feb 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:28nm  High Performance Mobile  Snapdragon 800 

Qualcomm Technologies Inc., wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., will be the first company to produce working silicon on TSMC's 28nm HPM (High Performance Mobile) process technology.

TSMC's 28HPM is the first production process that can support 2GHz + application processors with low power consumption. The process is ideally suited for tablet and high-end smartphone applications.

The first 28HPM production device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with quad core Krait 400 CPUs with speeds of up to 2.3GHz per core, customised for low power consumption. It also is the first SoC to integrate a 4G LTE Advanced modem with Carrier Aggregation and Category 4 data speeds up to 150Mbit/s.

"Compared to previous generations, Qualcomm Technologies has significantly improved overall power efficiency via reduced leakage and active power while substantially increasing speed in its Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors," the company said.

According to the companies, TSMC's 28HPM process could support CPU speeds of 2-2.3GHz with less than 750mW of power consumption per core. Compared to TSMC's 40LP, 28HPM devices are 2.5-2.7X faster, and cut active power in half.

Jim Lederer, executive vice president and general manager, Qualcomm Technologies, said, "In working closely with TSMC, we maximise the impact this process will have on bringing Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors to tablet and high-end smartphone solutions."

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