ARM released new Cortex chips
The British microprocessor developer ARM announced the latest innovations for the smartphone market - the Cortex-R5 MPCore and Cortex-R7 MPCore processors, which added support for LTE and LTE-Advanced standards. As part of protecting against Intel attacks on the smartphone market, with its promising energy-efficient versions of the Atom processor, the new ARM Cortex-R chips offer binary compatibility with existing company processors, while adding new features and technologies. The company hopes that this will enable it to maintain a leading position in this market.
Designed for smartphones and embedded devices (pos-terminals, self-service kiosks, etc.), R5 and R7 chips are available in single and dual core versions. Both chips contain all the improvements to the Cortex R4 architecture, including the high-priority and low-latency peripheral ports and the acceleration negotiation port (ACP) for cache sharing, which increase the performance, reliability and efficiency of the chips.
The flagship of the R series - the ARM Cortex R7 chip, includes functions designed for using this processor in high-performance smartphones of the LTE-Advanced standard in the coming years. In particular, extraordinary execution, significantly increasing performance, dynamic renaming of registers, improved branch prediction logic, superscalarity.
The company confirmed that the R7 chips are ready for production using a 28-nanometer process technology, which will allow them to produce chips of much smaller size and consuming less energy. At the same time, ARM has not yet announced which of the chip manufacturers will release such a version of the chip in the near future.
Talking about the launch of new chips, ARM Vice President Eric Schorn said that the simultaneous release of Cortex R5 and R7 strengthens the company's leading positions and allows you to clearly distinguish between architecture choices for future mobile devices and the vast market for embedded systems. According to him, these two advanced processors are united by more than twenty years of ARM experience in the design of low-power high-performance chips, which will allow partners to create devices based on a single coordinated architecture.
The chip design is now available for licensing to chip manufacturers, and ARM has already confirmed the names of four major licensees working in the areas of storage systems, the automotive industry and mobile communications, which have acquired the rights to new processors.