ARM targets eBooks, smartphones and MIDS with Cortex A-5
“The Internet Everywhere” is ARM’s slogan for its latest low-power processor, the 45nm Cortex A5 MPCore, which is aimed at smartphones and MIDS and other such mobile devices, and is available with up to four cores.
Few details are available, writes our Technology Editor, Steve Bush, but the processor includes the firm’s TrustZone security block and its 128-bit SIMD Neon multimedia engine, first introduced with the Cortex-A8.
Along with the core, ARM had released a physical IP package for 40nm chips, including low-leakage, said the firm, logic libraries optimised for TSMC’s 40LP process.
The core is compatible with existing Cortex-A tools and software, said ARM, including Android, Adobe Flash, Java Platform Standard Edition (Java SE), JavaFX, Linux, Microsoft Windows Embedded, Symbian and Ubuntu.
“The performance of the Cortex-A5 processor, when combined with Adobe’s recently-announced support for Cortex-A profile processors in Flash Player 10.1, will allow users of ARM processor-based systems to view the same internet video content previously accessible only to users of x86-based systems,” said Nathan Brookwood, research fellow at Insight 64, on behalf of ARM.
There’s also an interesting interview with an ARM exec on PC Pro – ARM “outflanks” Intel with Cortex A5.
“This is essentially a flanking manoeuvre,” ARM’s vice president of marketing, Eric Schom tells the magazine. “It [Intel] is in netbooks today and it wants to be in smartphones. We’re going to unlock a whole lot more [product] categories.”
“The Cortex A5 will be taken across a huge range of more intelligent devices,” Schom added. “Things like the Kindle, portable media players, set-top boxes – anything with data to capture.”
Note that ARM has also unveiled new AMBA system IP tools, for low power and rich media SOC designs: the AMBA Network Interconnect with Advanced Quality of Service, a new Dynamic Memory Controller, and the Verification and Performance Exploration tool.
The new core also represents a migration path for ARM926EJ-S and ARM1176JZ-S processor licensees.
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