Nufront (Beijing, China) and ARM have collaborated on the development of the Computer System Chip NuSmart 2816, a 40-nm system-on-chip that integrates a full computer system including a dual-core Cortex-A9 MPCore implementation at 2GHz.
The processor is targeted for use in ultra-thin laptops and all-in-one desktops markets, as well as netbooks and tablets.
A year ago ARM announced that it had developed two implementations of a dual-core Cortex-A9 processor design that it has called Osprey.
The NuSmart2816 is the first chip to integrate a 2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, a multi-core 2D/3D graphics processor, 64bit DDR2/3-1066 memory controller, 1080p multi-format video engine, SATA2 controller, USB2, Ethernet, together with general I/O controllers.
Use of multi-layer hybrid interconnection technology, multi-level fine grain power management technology and 40nm manufacture process enables the NuSmart 2816 to consume less than two watts when running at 1.6GHz.
“We are seeing the computing landscape evolve with capabilities emerging from new and different areas,” said Tudor Brown, president, ARM. “Nufront is an excellent example of the pioneering approach to addressing existing computing markets with innovative products.”
“The combination of the ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor and Mali-400 MP graphics processors provides an industry leading scalable solution to address the high performance demands of general computing,” added Ian Drew, executive vice president, marketing, ARM. “This product brings together compelling 2D and 3D graphics acceleration with high performance processing capability and leading-edge ARM Physical IP, all within a low power envelope.”
Nufront is the first Chinese company using the 40nm process for chip design and manufacturing and is also is working on open source platforms like Ubuntu and Android, as well as with Microsoft.
First products powered by Nufront NuSmart 2816 are expected to be shown at CES 2011 in Las Vegas. The company is also planning to deliver several other NuSmart series computer system chips in 2011, one of which is under development now.