ARM releases Cortex-A12 processors, targets mid-range smartphone market

By Monday, June 3, 2013 0 , Permalink 0

ARM unveiled the Cortex-A12 at Computex 2013 in Taiwan and this new processor is probably going to replace the Cortex-A9. According to ARM, the new processor gives as much as 40 per cent more performance while consuming the same amount of power and comes with support for addressing 1TB memory along with support for virtualization and TrustZone.

A12 CPUs will have clock speeds of around 2GHz and according to the chip maker, Samsung and Broadcom would probably be the first ones to produce chips based on the new A12. ARM expects the first chips to be out by 2014 and devices powered by the processors should start shipping in late 2014.

Pricing has been a driving factor behind the designing of the A12. ARM has ensured that like the A9, the A12 processor can be configured with up to four cores and brought the design more in line with the A15 by expanding the memory addressing to 40-bit thereby supporting up to 1TB of memory as well as bringing in hardware support for virtualization.

ARM has revealed that its partners will be able to build system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices by bringing along the new Mali-T622 GPU and Mali-V500 video processor. The T622 GPU has 50 percent more energy efficiency over its predecessors and is specifically designed to deliver high-end graphics.

The Mali-V500 on the other hand is ARM’s first HD Video processor which can be scaled from one to up to eight cores. With just one core the V500 can deliver 1080p video at 60 frames per second (fps) and with full 8 cores in action, the processor can encode/decode 4K video at 120fps.