ARM announces Cortex A15, quad-core hard macro chip

The world of Android, where you’re never on the bleeding edge of technology for more than 5 minutes. Whether it’s a higher resolution screen, new OS release or a faster processor, there’s always something better lurking immediately round the corner. Meet the ARM Cortex A15 Hard Macro, ARM’s first chip that boasts four A15 cores.

The A15 Hard Macro promises to offer easy installation at a low cost. The chip runs at 2GHz with performance at an impressive 20,000 DMIPS all whilst managing to keep the power output the same as the A9  Hard Macro. Potentially the ideal combination of performance versus efficiency.

There’s no word on when the chip is set to hit the market or what type of devices we might see it in. Stay tuned in to TalkAndroid as we’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date with further developments as we get them. In the meantime you can check out the full press release after the break.


Power-optimized implementation of quad-core hard macro on leading 28nm process

CAMBRIDGE, UK – April 17, 2012- ARM today announced the availability of a high performance, power-optimized quad-core hard macro implementation of its flagship ARM® Cortex™-A15 MPCore™ processor.

The ARM Cortex-A15 MP4 hard macro is designed to run at 2GHz and delivers performance in excess of 20,000DMIPS, while maintaining the power efficiency of the Cortex-A9 hard macro. The Cortex-A15 hard macro development is the result of the unique synergy arising from the combination of ARM Cortex processor IP, Artisan® physical IP, CoreLink™ systems IP and ARM integration capabilities, and utilizes the TSMC 28HPM process.

The low leakage implementation, featuring integrated NEON™ SIMD technology and floating point (VFP), delivers an extremely competitive balance of performance and power and is ideal for wide array of high-performance computing applications for such as notebooks through to power-efficient, extreme performance-orientated network and enterprise devices.

The hard macro was developed using ARM Artisan 12-track libraries and the recently announced Processor Optimization Pack™ (POP) solution for the Cortex-A15 on TSMC 28nm HPM process. This follows the recent announcement of a broad suite of POPs for all Cortex-A series processors (see ARM Expands Processor Optimization Pack Solutions for TSMC 40nm and 28nm Process Variants, 16th April 2012)

Full configuration and implementation details will be presented at the Cool Chipsconference (18-20 April) in Yokohama, Japan. Further information is contained in anaccompanying blog.

“For SoC designers looking to make a trade-off between the flexibility offered by the traditional RTL-based SoC development strategy and a rapid time to market, with ensured, benchmarked power, performance and area, an ARM hard macro implementation is an ideal, cost-effective solution,” said Jim Nicholas, vice president of Marketing, processor division, ARM. “This new Cortex-A15 hard macro is an important addition to our portfolio and will enable a wider array of partners to leverage the outstanding capabilities of the Cortex-A15 processor.”

 

 

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