Today, ARM announced the Cortex-A50 series of processor cores, which will likely be in smartphones, tablets, and possibly even the server rooms of the future. The ARM partnership is expected to ship Cortex-A50 series-based chips in 2014.
The new family includes two designs: the Cortex-A57, which ARM says will provide performance “up to three times that of today’s superphones in the same power budget,” and the Cortex-A53, which should bring “today’s superphone experience while using a quarter of the power.”
They use ARM’s new 64-bit ARMv8 architecture, which ARM says is the world’s smallest 64-bit processor. They’re compatible with 32-bit ARM applications as well. Also, like the Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 before them, the A57 and A53 can appear together in what ARM calls a big.LITTLE configuration, where the weaker A53 can handle most tasks and the A57 only kicks in when needed for heavy-duty workloads.
Yesterday, AMD announced that it would build server chips with new 64-bit ARM cores in that same timeframe.