ASIC design services and IP solutions company Faraday is collaborating with Arm and Intel to develop 64-core Intel 18A processors for its system-on-chip (SoCs) evaluation platform.

The chips will be made by Intel Foundry Services (IFS) using its 18A fabrication process. Intel and Arm first announced plans to collaborate on a SoC designs in April 2023.

ARM-based chips in development

Intel 18A includes the company’s PowerVia power delivery system, RibbonFET gate-all-around transistor architecture, and leverages Intel's open system foundry model.

The processor will integrate with Arm’s Neoverse Compute Subsystems (CSS) and form part of Faraday’s SoC evaluation platform to support the development of data center servers, high-performance computing-related ASICs, and custom SoCs.

The platform will also incorporate interface IPs from the Arm Total Design ecosystem, although no information has been provided on what those will be. The solution is expected to be available in the first half of 2025.

Launched in 1993 as the first Asian ASIC vendor, Faraday is a fabless ASIC design and silicon IP provider headquartered in Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan. Included in the range of ASIC solutions offered by the company are total 3DIC packaging, Neoverse CSS design, FPGA-Go-ASIC, and design implementation services.

“As a design service partner in Arm Total Design, Faraday strategically targets the most advanced technology nodes to fulfill the evolving needs of future applications,” said Steve Wang, CEO of Faraday.

“We are excited to announce the development of our new Arm Neoverse-based SoC platform, leveraging Intel 18A technology. This solution will benefit our ASIC and DIS (Design Implementation Service) customers, enabling them to expedite the time-to-market for cutting-edge data center and HPC applications,” he said.

Intel Foundry Services was launched in March 2021 to allow the company to build its own chips in addition to developing Arm, RISC-V, and x86 chips for others.