CHIPMAKER ARM has unveiled a new processor for embedded applications based on the ARMv8-A architecture, the Cortex-A35.
Touted as the firm's "most efficient Cortex-A class CPU ever designed" and "a new standard-bearer" for efficiency among 64-bit capable processors, the Cortex-A35 CPU is the first in a new family of ultra-high-efficiency ARMv8-A processors.
It is designed for high-growth mobile and embedded applications and is said to open up better user experiences with its 64-bit and 32-bit computational capability and set of cryptography features.
"The Cortex-A35 is the natural successor to the compact-footprint Cortex-A7, the leading energy-efficient processor, which has powered more than a billion smartphones and tablets," said ARM's general manager of the CPU group, James McNiven.
"With the introduction of the world's most efficient 64-bit capable mobile processor, ARM and its partners will deliver the benefits of 64-bit computing to the next billion smartphone users and beyond."
The Cortex-A35 takes the power profile of the Cortex-A7 and ARM's big.LITTLE multi-core configurability, and combines it with the software and 64-bit compute performance of the ARMv8-A architecture.
As a result, it is claimed that the chip will deliver an average of 20 percent greater performance and efficiency across a range of 32-bit mobile workloads relative to Cortex-A7, while consuming less than 90mW total power per core when operating at 1GHz in a 28nm process node.
"Overall, the Cortex-A35 processor is a performance-per-milliwatt leader designed to enable a complete and uncompromised 64-bit mobile user experience while maintain full compatibility with existing 32-bit applications," added McNiven.
ARM expects the Cortex-A35 to begin shipping in production silicon from its partners by late 2016. MediaTek will be one of the companies taking advantage of the new chip, ARM said, as it will enable them to "continue to provide efficient and highly integrated 64-bit system on chips to global markets". µ
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