ARM Cortex-M0  (Source: ARM)
ARM says new processor is its smallest and most energy efficient yet

The king of processors in the smartphone market is ARM with its line of power efficient CPUs. ARM today announced a new processor called the Cortex-M0 that it claims is its smallest and most energy-efficient ARM processor available.

The processor has a small gate count and code footprint to allow for power requirements as little at 0.085 milliwatts when combined with the ARM 180ULL cell library. ARM says that the new processor extends the company's MCU roadmap into the ultra-low power and SoC applications market.

The processor will find use in applications for medical devices, e-metering, lighting, smart control, gaming accessories, compact power supply, and other markets. ARM says that early licensees of the processor include NXP and Triad Semiconductor.

One of the key benefits of the new Coretx-M0 processor is that it is suitable for mixed signal markets where devices like intelligent sensors typically need separate analog and digital devices.

ARM's Mike Inglis said in a statement, "The Cortex-M0 processor is yet another demonstration of ARM’s low power leadership and its commitment to drive the industry forward towards higher performance with ever lower power consumption. With its expertise in low-power technology, ARM has worked closely with its Partners and their customers to ensure that our processor architectures enable the cost and energy-efficient creation of tomorrow’s electronic devices and systems."

ARM announced in November of 2008 that it plans to enter into the netbook processor market to compete against Intel.

"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson
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