ARM today announced its newest smartphone microprocessor, the Cortex-A5 with faster performance and longer battery life than today’s ARM9, ARM 11 and Cortex-A8 chips are found in smartphones like the iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.
The Cortex-A5 will ship in the fourth quarter and will compete with Intel’s Atom chips, says the company. ARM says its new designs use less power and are cheaper than Intel chips, claiming they are the most energy efficient processor in ARM’s line-up of 25 processors, used by more than 600 customers.
ARM expects a Cortex-A5 device to play video in Flash 10.1 without a co-processor. It should be cheap enough for budget smartphones and conventional phones, says the company.
ARM microprocessors are licensed by chip makers, who customize them and put them into their gadgets. The company’s designs are used in most smartphones and have been used in 15 billion devices in the past few decades.
The new Cortex-A5 microprocessor will have better performance than ARM’s fastest ARM11 microprocessors, but it will consume less battery power than its high-volume ARM9 chips.
In other news, ST-Ericsson and ARM announced a cooperative agreement to bring consumers a better gaming experience with high quality graphics, video and audio on their mobile devices. ARM and ST’s Mali GPU are opening up to the developer community, using OpenGL ES 2.0 found on the iPhone 3GS, Android and Nokia N900 phones.