ARM’s Next Generation

Posted by Sam Churchill on

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.

Today’s ARM Cortex-A15 processors in devices like the new Samsung Chromebook and Google’s Nexus 10 tablet, are fast but the new designs are faster and use less juice.

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.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 12:55 pm .

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