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ARM releases a Cortex A15 MPCore chip design

Smartphones will be five times faster
Thu Sep 09 2010, 09:08

CHIP DESIGNER ARM has released the Cortex A15 chip that it claims will make smartphones five times faster for the same amount of power.

It said that the Cortex A15 processor can run at 2.5GHz. This will mean that it can be used to create highly scalable systems within constantly shrinking energy, thermal and cost budgets.

The ARM Cortex A15 processor is available for licensing today and is targeted at manufacturers using 32nm or 28nm process technology.

The chip is the latest addition to ARM's Cortex A family of processors, and will be bunged into next-generation smartphones, tablets, large-screen mobile computing and high-end digital home entertainment devices. It will also be seen in large scale enterprise data warehouse systems.

Mike Inglis, EVP and general manager of ARM's processor division said that the Cortex A15 MPCore processor marks the beginning of an entirely new era.

"The Cortex A15 MPCore processor will become the next major step along the industry's energy efficient computing roadmap and open up a wide range of new application possibilities," he said.

The Cortex A15 extends the capabilities of the ARM Cortex-A Series by adding efficient hardware support for OS virtualization, soft-error recovery, larger memory addressability and system coherency, Inglis said.

The Cortex A15 works with the same software as the other Cortex A processors, which means it can immediately run Linux, Android, Flash, Java, Windows Embedded Compact 7 and Symbian.

Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist at In-Stat added that the chip will find a home in cloud based computing, which is apparently going to transform the world in the next decade.

"Everything will require more performance and efficiency to handle the increasing amounts of information that will emerge from the use of remote resources," he said.

"The Cortex A15 MPCore and accompanying technologies extends the potential for this highly efficient and flexible architecture to other applications critical to our connected world," he said.

Samsung has already signed up to use the Cortex A15 along with several other key ARM parners. µ




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