IBM, ARM, Samsung, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Synopsys Announce Delivery of New Chip Platform

Companies demonstrate strength of collaboration at 47th DAC

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - 14 Jun 2010: ARM, IBM (NYSE:IBM), Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd., GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Synopsys, Inc today announced the delivery of the industry's
first complete vertically optimized 32/28 nanometer (nm) design platform.
Demonstrating the strength of the collaboration established and announced at
DAC a year ago, the companies are collectively providing a technology
enablement solution for the design and manufacturing of advanced mobile and
embedded devices.

The solution consists of optimized high performance, low-power processor and
physical IP from ARM; tool enablement, connectivity IP and integrated design
flow from Synopsys; and 32/28nm low-power process technology from the Common
Platform alliance of IBM, Samsung and GLOBALFOUNDRIES. The Common Platform
32/28nm process uses an innovative high-k metal gate approach to address the
limitations of polysilicon technology. It leverages the research and
development efforts of the IBM joint technology development alliance to offer
a high-performance, low-power manufacturing platform.
The 32nm technology is scalable to 28nm for area optimization. Customers can
seamlessly transition to 28nm technology without the need for a major redesign
and with lower risk, reduced cost and faster time-to-market.
This complete solution demonstrates the important role industry
collaboration has in addressing the increasing complexity of SoC design as
technology migrates to smaller geometries. The platform leverages:

-- ARM(R) Cortex(TM) high-performance, low-power processor architecture and
optimized suite of physical IP, including standard cells, power
management kit, memory compilers and interface IP, for the 32/28nm HKMG
process. The ARM IP contribution delivers valuable low-power and system
cost benefits. All physical IP are readily accessible on DesignStart -

-- Synopsys Lynx Design System, enabled by the Galaxy(TM) Implementation
Platform with IC Validator In-Design physical verification, and the
Synopsys DesignWare(R) portfolio of interface IP. This RTL-to-GDSII
implementation solution reduces risk and total design costs for
optimized 32/28nm HKMG ARM Cortex processor-based SoC designs.

-- 10 test chips produced through the three-way collaboration in 32 and
28nm HKMG process technology. Producing these chips has helped validate
the design platform, including Common Platform PDKs, ARM Physical IP
and Cortex processors, Synopsys Interface IP, core tool enablement and
design methodology for accelerating first customer silicon success.

-- 32nm low-power HKMG process technology is currently factory-qualified
by Samsung 28nm low-power HKMG process technology to be factory-qualified
at GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung in Q1 2011. The 32/28nm process
technologies, featuring the innovative Gate First approach to HKMG,
offer significant improvements in performance and power consumption
when compared to the 45/40nm technology generations.

-- A standardized platform to manufacture 28nm low-power HKMG
semiconductors for a new generation of mobile devices, providing the
flexibility of multi-sourcing based on the planned synchronization of
fabs by members of the Common Platform alliance.

-- Demonstrations and technical sessions of this comprehensive 32/28nm
enablement platform will be shown at the 2010 DAC in the ARM-Common
Platform-Synopsys booth (#586) "32/28nm Delivered" exhibit. On Tuesday,
June 15, the companies will host an access innovation luncheon - where
executives from the five allied companies will detail the benefits of
32/28nm HKMG and the accessibility of the enablement platform. Online
registration is required at:
Related announcements and additional details can be found at the following
-- Samsung Electronics Qualifies Foundry Industry's First 32nm Low Power
High-K Metal Gates Logic Process and Design Ecosystem:-

-- Samsung Electronics Achieves First-Pass 32nm Silicon Success Using
Synopsys Galaxy Implementation Platform:-

-- Synopsys Delivers Optimized Lynx Design System for Common Platform
32/28-nm Technology:-

ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital
products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to
imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM's comprehensive product
offering includes 32-bit RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, video
engines, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories, high-speed
connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with
comprehensive design services, training support and maintenance, and the
company's broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that
offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies.

IBM, Samsung Electronics, GLOBALFOUNDRIES have forged a unique manufacturing
collaboration, featuring 28nm, 32nm, 45nm, 65nm and 90nm process technologies.
By combining the expertise and research resources of all three companies and
leveraging advances such as high-k metal gate technology, 193nm immersion
lithography and ultralow-k dielectrics, the Common Platform(TM) technology
collaboration is able to accelerate the availability of leading-edge
technology to foundry customers. The Common Platform model is supported by a
comprehensive design-enablement ecosystem, enabling foundry customers to
easily source their chip designs to multiple 300mm foundries with minimal
design work and with unprecedented flexibility and choice.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the world's first full-service semiconductor foundry with
a truly global manufacturing and technology footprint. Launched in March 2009
through a partnership between AMD [NYSE: AMD] and the Advanced Technology
Investment Company (ATIC), GLOBALFOUNDRIES provides a unique combination of
advanced technology, manufacturing excellence and global operations. With the
integration of Chartered in January 2010 GLOBALFOUNDRIES significantly
expanded its capacity and ability to provide best-in-class foundry services
from mainstream to the leading edge. GLOBALFOUNDRIES is headquartered in
Silicon Valley with manufacturing operations in Singapore, Germany, and a new
leading-edge fab under construction in Saratoga County, New York. These sites
are supported by a global network of R&D, design enablement, and customer
support in Singapore, China, Taiwan, Japan, the United States, Germany, and
the United Kingdom. For more information on GLOBALFOUNDRIES, visit

About IBM: For more information about IBM's semiconductor products and
services, visit

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor,
telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with
2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 188,000
people in 185 offices across 65 countries, the company consists of eight
independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications,
Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging,
Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands,
Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile
phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) is a world leader in electronic design
automation (EDA), supplying the global electronics market with the software,
intellectual property (IP) and services used in semiconductor design,
verification and manufacturing. Synopsys' comprehensive, integrated portfolio
of implementation, verification, IP, manufacturing and field-programmable gate
array (FPGA) solutions helps address the key challenges designers and
manufacturers face today, such as power and yield management,
software-to-silicon verification and time-to-results. These technology-leading
solutions help give Synopsys customers a competitive edge in bringing the best
products to market quickly while reducing costs and schedule risk. Synopsys is
headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has more than 65 offices
located throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India. Visit
Synopsys online at

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