ARM this week introduced a new chip architecture called the Cortex-A15 MPCore that the company says delivers a 5x performance improvement over today’s advanced smartphone processors, with a comparable energy footprint.
The chip, previously code-named Eagle, will be built in 32nm and 28nm processes by IBM, GlobalFoundries and Samsung. Samsung, STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments are the three ARM partners working on products initially.
Companies like TI and Samsung will make chips that will come in dual and quad core configurations and will run at clock speeds of up to 2.5 GHz. The core is superscalar, capable of running multiple instructions through a pipeline.
The A15 is still a long way from shipping in products. In fact, even its predecessor, the Cortex-A9, isn’t expected to appear until the end of this year.
Earlier this week, Samsung introduced a dual-core 1 GHz Cortex A9-based CPU for tablets, netbooks and smartphones.
Codenamed Orion, the chip features a pair of 1-GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores, each comes with a 32-kbyte data cache and a 32-kbyte instruction cache. It reportedly doubles the Hummingbird’s performance, while improving battery life, allowing 1080p video capability and HD recording. The single core Hummingbird processor powers the Epic 4G and the upcoming Samsung Tab. The Samsung Galaxy S family uses the speedy single core 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird CPU. Variants of the phone are now available on all four major U.S. carriers.
The next generation Tegra chip features a dual-core ARM Cortex -A9 Processor with an Ultra Low Power NVIDIA Graphics Processing Unit (GPU).
Smartphones and other devices using the Cortex-A15 Processor will go on sale toward the end of 2012, said Eric Schorn, Arm’s vice president of marketing.