At Consumer Electronic Show (CES) one of the most exciting things was the fruition of both these visions stated before with a dual-core Cortex-A15 implementation in the OMAP5™ mobile platform. The processors can reach frequencies up to 2GHz in 28nm process technology. It’s real and going!
As we predicted, this processor provides a significant performance boost – but it’s not just because of the frequency. In fact the focus is on performance efficiency – doing more per MHz and per milliwatt of power consumed. As TI notes, even at 800 MHz, the dual-core Cortex-A15 processors deliver more performance than dual-core Cortex-A9 at 1.5 GHz (and the 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core products are still quite above the leading smartphones you see today, which use dual-Cortex-A9s at speeds of 1-1.2 GHz). Imagine what it could do when it really flexes its muscles at 2GHz.
Essentially what this all means is the consumer is the ULTIMATE WINNER! This isn’t pie-in-the sky stuff; this is a real chip delivering the amount of horsepower that we used to get in notebooks – in the palm of your hand. This means better applications, better movies, better games!
Here’s looking forward to an exciting year with products based on the Cortex-A15.
See the full write up from Engadget, here.
Nandan Nayampally, Director of Apps Processor Products, ARM, He has long history with application processors having managed the ARM11 family, the Cortex-A8 before taking on the Cortex-A15 and is now looking at next-generation processors. Having been a keen observer of the accelerating trend towards connected and differentiated devices and how they affect our everyday lives, this reluctant blogger intends to pitch in with a processor-centric viewpoint now and then.
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