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ARM announces the first mobile multicore processor - Cortex-A5

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ARM announces the first mobile multicore processor - Cortex-A5 - read the full textARM have just launched the ARM Cortex-A5 MPCore processor - their first multicore processor intended for usage in mobile devices. According to the company this is the smallest and most power-efficient multicore processor that is capable of delivering the performance needed for smartphones and the...


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> In reply to TaKiS @ 2009-10-27 12:09 from n7UD - click to readwake up n smell development, don't say it won't happen. ITG in china have made smartphone running on windows XP.

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  • 2010-01-12 18:16
  • f4Ps

> In reply to mobilefreak @ 2009-10-24 15:15 from w984 - click to readThat wont happen, due to screen & control limitations.

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  • 2009-10-27 12:09
  • n7UD

i'm awaiting for the hand held "PC" generation(some are already in the market)how nice if your mobile phone runs on windows need for laptops,nettops...even a pc.Thats what i'am expecting

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  • 2009-10-24 15:15
  • w984

I think there's some misreading here. Cortex A9 is multi-core and suitable for mobile devices. Arm doesn't make chips, it delivers designs that others can use as building blocks for their own chips. If Arm is delivering something in Q4 this year, actual production silicon using that design isn't going to be available until 2011.

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  • 2009-10-24 13:18
  • n$fw

> In reply to ireDragon @ 2009-10-22 15:37 from tPFh - click to readI used to have a 80286 Desktop back in the early 90s, it was a 20Mhz CPU, with a 20MB HD wow!!!!!!

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  • 2009-10-23 19:31
  • PXa3

Introducing NEW Cortex A-13 ("minus thirteen") mobile processor with 16 cores bla-bla-bla better power efficiency bla-bla-bla able to work WHOLE HOUR while decoding Giga-HD video is real-time 120 frames per second bla-bla-bla.

Something's wrong with numbers here. Do they have Cortex A0 as the most powerful and aim to beat its performance while maintaining good old 5 hours during max load?

Besides, why not make the CPU with same power, which is enough for most (if not all) applications, while increasing battery life?

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  • 2009-10-23 18:19
  • 3VnD

> In reply to ireDragon @ 2009-10-22 15:37 from tPFh - click to read8086 cpu had a speed of 4.7 Mhz (but it had a 16bit bus, while the 8088 had a 8bit bus).

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  • 2009-10-23 15:14
  • LaI7

here is a list which simplifies the ARM processors standings in order of performance:

A9 netbook level performance and power consumption, no device available yet.

A8 high end-Smartphone, like Iphone 3Gs and Palm pre

A5 very efficient and cost effective solution with lower performance than A8 and faster than A11, just announced

A11, Basis for Nvidia Tegra which runs ZuneHd

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  • 2009-10-23 03:19
  • Pxv0

wow cool multicore on Smartphone. Multicore Processor + 3D Hardware Accelerator + Dedicated Audio Chip + Good Apps + Good Games + Multimedia Smart OS [Symbian] = AWESOME

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  • 2009-10-23 03:04
  • tDxR

Cortex A5 should also use even less power than an ARM 926 or ARM 1176!!

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  • 2009-10-23 01:32
  • mhJP

As someone who works for a large semiconductor company that integrates these ARM-based system-on-chips to power mobile phones, I can tell you that the Cortex A9 will really be the first and most powerful multicore chip to power mobile phones.

The Cortex A9 is more powerful than the Coretex A5. However, the Cortex A5 is also an awesome chip - while less powerful than the A9, it is more power efficient and much smaller in terms of chip area. The Cortex A5 is also more powerful than the previous generation high-end ARM CPUs such as the ARM 926 or even ARM 1176.

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  • 2009-10-23 01:30
  • mhJP

this is Moores law for cell phones. amazing!

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  • 2009-10-22 22:44
  • Nhck

iPhone OS with Grand Central will be able to use multicore straight away.

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  • 2009-10-22 22:35
  • P%nm

what the... i wanted to buy the htc touch hd 2 but now when i hear this... :(

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  • 2009-10-22 22:34
  • iBJZ

ok calm down everybody. This chip in one core formation is designed to replace ARM11 chips. They just a teeny bit faster although much more efficient. In multi-core formation it will be ised in higher and higher end devices. In single core its not faster than cortex A8.

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  • 2009-10-22 19:22
  • 3JbG

great to see the world moving on

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  • 2009-10-22 18:16
  • UijP

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2009-10-22 17:26 from miLH - click to readWith this speed, there wont be any phone set, or well at least handset left in 2020. Lol. They might chip into new born babies and all you have to do later on is putting a sim-like card? Now that is scary.

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  • 2009-10-22 17:28
  • tPFh

like somebody already wrote. You want needed any pc longer. Think your mobile like htpc. Wirelless keyboard and monitor/tv and on top windows 7 or some fullblood os. Multimedia portabel pc smartphone. Internal memory 100 gb, graphics 256 mb ram 512 -1024 mb. What can you imagine in year 2020. Its scarry

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  • 2009-10-22 17:26
  • miLH

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2009-10-22 14:11 from nbuy - click to readr u sure about that? i saw htc hero and i found it pritty responsive, but this is the first time i hear about that issue,, can u give me a link to explain this furhermore?

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  • 2009-10-22 16:55
  • mrID

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