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Release fills the gap between A9 and A15

While many high-end smartphones and tablets may soon be getting ARM Cortex-A15 MPCORE processors, ARM Holdings Plc (LON:ARMjust announced a mid-range target solution, the Cortex-A12.

The new CPU core design is meant to deliver a 40 percent performance bump over Cortex-A9 (released in 2008) designs.  It also includes an improved GPU, the Mali-T622, which packs support for the Mali-V500 video engine and OpenGL ES 3.0 standard.

Devices with Cortex-A12 cores are expected to ship by mid-2014.

ARM's chief marketing officer Ian Drew comments:

Mobile users expect a range of devices at different price points and for a mid-range mobile experience to include some high end mobile features. With a billion smartphones predicted to ship in 2013 and tablets projected to out-ship notebook PCs, device-makers can now provide quality, high-performance mobile products with the features that matter the most, at a range of price points.  The market is evolving at an amazing rate and there is now a choice of solutions for semiconductor companies and for mobile device-makers. Our suite of optimized IP expands the choice for the mid-range mobile market.

Targeting the 28-nm node (versus a 40 nm target for Cortex-A9), a Cortex-A12 die is expected to be 30 percent smaller than a Cortex-A9.  The new design, which supports four cores in its default configuration, will include ARM's big.LITTLE power-saving technology and new virtualization features.

Cortex A12

ARM is currently in a dogfight with Intel Corp. (INTC), the world's largest personal computer and server chipmaker.  Sensing a shift towards mobile -- a space currently ruled by ARM -- Intel is stepping up efforts for its Atom processor to compete with ARM chips in power and price, driven by industry-leading process technologies.  ARM, however, is fighting back looking to leverage advantages of its mobile-centric architecture to keep its x86 rival at bay.

Sources: ARM Holdings [1], [2]



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RE: Pressure?
By retrospooty on 6/4/2013 10:03:07 AM , Rating: 2
This is what is breathing down ARM's neck...

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6936/intels-silvermo...

What ARM should be worried about isnt the "next" chip, or the one after that, its the yearly refresh. Just ask AMD how fun it is to compete with Intel when they are focused on a specific market.


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