ARM Delivers Internet Everywhere ,Power-Efficient and Cost-Effective Multicore Processor

Processor reinforces clear leadership
position in highest-volume and highest-value connected consumer,
embedded and industrial applications

ARM today announces the launch of the ARM Cortex-A5 MPCore processor,
the smallest, lowest power ARM multicore processor capable of
delivering the Internet to the widest possible range of devices, from
ultra low cost handsets, feature phones and smart mobile devices, to
pervasive embedded, consumer and industrial devices. Available as an
extremely area- and power-efficient uniprocessor or up to a 4x
multicore processor, the Cortex-A5 processor unleashes the outstanding
performance and power scalability required for the compelling usage
scenarios demanded by each of these markets. This extraordinary
combination of performance, functionality, and efficiency reinforces
ARM’s clear leadership position in the highest-value and highest-volume
application segments.

The Cortex-A5 uniprocessor provides a
high-value migration path for the large number of existing ARM926EJ-S
and ARM1176JZ-S™ processor licensees. By delivering better performance
than the ARM1176JZ-S processor within the raw power and silicon area
footprint of the ARM926EJ-S processor, the Cortex-A5 uniprocessor
offers nearly twice the power-efficiency relative to these earlier and
extremely popular predecessors. This increases the quality of the user
experience while reducing costs and end-user device size.

This
performance is further enhanced by the Cortex-A5 multicore processor
which utilizes the successful ARM MPCore technology. The widely-adopted
ARM MPCore technology increases performance scalability and control
over power consumption to exceed the performance of today’s comparable
high-performance devices while remaining within the tight mobile power
constraints. To date ARM MPCore processors have been licensed by more
than 15 leading semiconductor companies including Broadcom Corporation, NEC Electronics (Europe) GmbH, NVIDIA, Renesas Technology America, Inc., Toshiba America Electronic Components and Sarnoff Corporation,
and have been implemented in numerous applications on the market today.
This technology greatly expands the addressable application spectrum
while enabling new and more efficient modes of operation. 

The
Cortex-A5 processor includes TrustZone security technology along with
a NEON™ multimedia processing engine first introduced with the
Cortex-A8 processor. NEON technology is a 128-bit SIMD (Single
Instruction, Multiple Data) architecture extension for the Cortex-A
series processors, providing flexible and compelling acceleration for
intensive multimedia applications.

The Cortex-A5 processor is
fully application compatible with the Cortex-A8  and Cortex-A9
processors. This enables immediate access to an established developer
and software ecosystem including Android, Adobe Flash, Java Platform
Standard Edition (Java SE), JavaFX, Linux, Microsoft Windows Embedded,
Symbian and Ubuntu, along with more than 600 ARM Connected Community™
members.

Speaking at the 18th World Wide Web conference earlier
this year, Google’s vice president and chief internet evangelist and
one of the founders of the internet, Vinton “Vint” Cerf predicted:
“More people in the world will have their first interaction with the
internet with mobile than with laptop.” He continued: “We will have
more internet, larger numbers of users, more mobile access, more speed,
more things online and more appliances we can control over the
internet.”

 “The Cortex-A5 processor signals a significant
acceleration in the future of internet connectivity,” said Eric Schorn,
vice president of marketing, Processor Division, ARM. “Internet
accessibility has long been a critical social opportunity and with the
launch of the Cortex-A5 processor we are providing the pervasive
internet with unprecedented power-efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
The Cortex-A5 processor scales from ultra low cost handsets and
lifestyle internet devices all the way to consumer, embedded, and
industrial devices – anything that can be connected to the internet. We
are truly delivering the internet everywhere.”

“The launch of the
Cortex-A5 processor reinforces ARM’s leadership in innovation and
technology, and sets a new standard for cost-effectiveness and
power-efficiency in entry-level mobile devices,” said Nathan Brookwood,
research fellow at Insight 64. “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.”

The processor has been licensed by numerous ARM Partners including Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies.

"Samsung
has enjoyed a strong partnership with ARM and has achieved considerable
success utilizing ARM CPU cores in many of our industry leading
System-On-Chip (SOC) products," said Yiwan Wong, Vice president,
Strategic Marketing Team, System LSI Division, Samsung Electronics.
"This new Cortex-A5 processor from ARM will allow us to further broaden
the range of SOC products we can offer to our customers to address the
needs of the expanding mobile device market space."

Supporting Technology
The
Cortex-A5 processor incorporates, and is supported by, a broad range of
ARM technology to provide ARM Partners with a smooth path through the
development, verification and production of full function, compelling
devices while significantly reducing time-to-market.

The new
processor is supported by the immediate availability of a High
Performance Optimization Package of physical IP to enable leadership
implementations in a 40nm process.  This optimization package comprises
ARM low leakage, high performance logic libraries featuring
multi-channel design along with optimized memory instances engineered
specifically for the Cortex-A5 processor architecture.   The optimized
package is available initially for the TSMC 40LP process and further
performance benefits can be achieved through the use of multi-Vt and
overdrive implementation techniques.

The ARM AMBA® and CoreSight™
system development IP and tools products address the critical
challenges of efficiently moving, storing and observing data between
cores and memory to optimize the system performance and power
consumption of ARM Cortex processor-based SoC designs. The AMBA system
development components enable system designers to maximise the
utilization of system bandwidth, reduce latency and cut time to market
of high-performance SoC designs, while the ARM CoreSight technology
provides complete on-chip debug and real-time trace visibility,
reducing risk and speeding development of high quality system software. 

For
systems that demand high-quality graphics and video processing the
extremely power- and area-efficient Mali™ Graphics Processing Units
(GPUs) and Mali-VE Video Engines provide ideal solutions. The Cortex-A5
processor when combined with the Mali-200, Mali-400MP GPUs and the
Mali-VE3, Mali-VE6 Video Engines ensure highly efficient and flexible
designs that scale with requirements to deliver the rich multimedia
user experience necessary for success in the highly competitive market
for consumer products.

ARM also provides a complete range of
complementary software tools to enable software development,
optimization and test ahead of silicon availability, significantly
reducing application time-to-market and ensuring the highest degree of
software quality. Tools available at launch include Fast Models,
instruction-accurate models ideal for creating, running and optimizing
software in simulation, RealView® Development Suite (RVDS) 4.0 Pro,
incorporating the best-in-class ARM Compiler and market-leading ARM
Profiler, enabling applications to easily achieve both high performance
and optimal code size.

 In addition, the ARM Active Assist
training and on-site system-design advisory service enables licensees
to efficiently integrate the Cortex-A5 processor into their design to
realize maximum system performance with lowest risk and fastest
time-to-market.

Licensing and Availability
The
Cortex-A5 processor has multiple lead licensees developing leadership
mass-market silicon today, is now available for general licensing, and
will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2009.

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