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Quad Core Cortex A15 is ARM's Next Super Chip

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This ARM could be ready for server use.

We're pretty stoked at the promise of dual-core ARM Cortex A9 mobile devices based on the Nvidia Tegra 2 and eventually the Samsung Orion – both should feature performance that'll make today's fastest smartphones seem a little slow.

ARM today announced the Cortex A15 MPCore processor that promises to deliver a 5x performance improvement over today's advanced smartphone processors, within a comparable energy footprint. The Cortex-A15 processor has the projected headroom to run at up to 2.5GHz and is targeted at manufacture in 32nm, 28nm, with a roadmap extending to 20nm.

The Cortex-A15 extends the capabilities of the ARM Cortex-A Series by adding hardware support for OS virtualization, soft-error recovery, larger memory addressability and system coherency. The A15 also features full application compatibility with all of the other current Cortex-A processors, which means "Android™, Adobe® Flash® Player, Java Platform Standard Edition (Java SE), JavaFX, Linux, Microsoft® Windows® Embedded Compact 7, Symbian® and Ubuntu, along with more than 700 ARM Connected Community members" are supported in the design.

The only bad part of this announcement is that we probably won't be seeing products based on this chip ship until late 2012 or early 2013.

That sort of far-off time frame should give the Cortex A9 time to stretch its legs and gain as much popularity as the Cortex A8 has in smartphones.

Read more on the Cortex-A15 MPCore processor at ARM's site.

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    insider3 , September 10, 2010 12:31 PM
    willgartcool... I will play crysis 3 on my phone really usefull!!!!


    No you wont.
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    firedust , September 10, 2010 4:47 PM
    Jokes on them, the world is gonna end in 2012. :p 
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    cronik93 , September 10, 2010 12:27 PM
    Seems pretty fast.
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    insider3 , September 10, 2010 12:31 PM
    willgartcool... I will play crysis 3 on my phone really usefull!!!!


    No you wont.
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    madass , September 10, 2010 12:31 PM
    But what about actual benchmarks?
    A comparison with modern desktop cpu's?
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    andrewcutter , September 10, 2010 12:35 PM
    im all for arm as long as they do not make socs only. show me some stand alone cpus that i can put on the motherboard pls.
    Dont get me wrong but i hope they dont expand from mobile to desktop/server with their SOC way pls :( 
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    dalta centauri , September 10, 2010 12:38 PM
    A quad core cpu running at 2.5GHz on the next tablets/phones...
    insider3No you wont.

    Hey, you never know what you're gonna get. For all we know there could be a mobile crysis game in the future.
    Would be cool to see this on the latest tablets though. 2.5GHzx4, 500gb HDD, 4gb DDR3 1333MHz, 7" screen at 1920x1080 resolution. God, if the price is 400-500$ I would get it, even if there's no real point.
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    scook9 , September 10, 2010 1:49 PM
    By the time this is out...something tells me all the competition will also have comparable or better parts making this not so exciting.....they just made a press release about it first
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    Pyroflea , September 10, 2010 1:53 PM
    I agree, this would be fantastic for tablets. I really don't see anybody out there needing this much firepower in their smartphone, but that's just my opinion.
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    insider3 , September 10, 2010 2:32 PM
    dalta centauriA quad core cpu running at 2.5GHz on the next tablets/phones...Hey, you never know what you're gonna get. For all we know there could be a mobile crysis game in the future.Would be cool to see this on the latest tablets though. 2.5GHzx4, 500gb HDD, 4gb DDR3 1333MHz, 7" screen at 1920x1080 resolution. God, if the price is 400-500$ I would get it, even if there's no real point.


    Holler back once you find out a way to cram 2.1 Million pixels onto a 7 inch screen. And by the time that happens, I'm sure nobody will be playing crisis except for you.
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    Parsian , September 10, 2010 2:34 PM
    Is there any bench mark to compare single core ARM processor to Atom processors? I want to see how much performance gap there is
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    Stifle , September 10, 2010 2:35 PM
    If a smaller packaged powerhouse with lower power requirements make using a "netbook" not as painful in the future as it is today, I may pick one up for internet browsing around the house or at work. Today that is not interesting to me.
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    dalta centauri , September 10, 2010 2:41 PM
    insider3Holler back once you find out a way to cram 2.1 Million pixels onto a 7 inch screen. And by the time that happens, I'm sure nobody will be playing crisis except for you.

    What's a crisis got to do with what I said?
    If it's too much for you, then we can go with 1440x900 on a 7" screen which is already out.
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    Darkerson , September 10, 2010 3:38 PM
    Besides phones and tablets and whatnot, I could see this being adapted for servers. Would make for a low power setup with a decent amount of performance.
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    deweycd , September 10, 2010 4:00 PM
    I wonder what new possibilites are going to come out of this new chip. High powered tablets?
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    shin0bi272 , September 10, 2010 4:14 PM
    dalta centauriA quad core cpu running at 2.5GHz on the next tablets/phones...Hey, you never know what you're gonna get. For all we know there could be a mobile crysis game in the future.Would be cool to see this on the latest tablets though. 2.5GHzx4, 500gb HDD, 4gb DDR3 1333MHz, 7" screen at 1920x1080 resolution. God, if the price is 400-500$ I would get it, even if there's no real point.


    desktop replacement iPad?

    does this cpu do graphics too or is it just a cpu... judging from the pic its just a cpu... so youd have to have a mobile graphics card in your next ipad which means youd need a huge hs/fan on it ... something that palmtops and apple ipads arent known for. But if they can find a way to do it (and use an ssd for the drive and put some usb ports on it so I can plug in a kb and mouse) I'd buy one too.
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    firedust , September 10, 2010 4:47 PM
    Jokes on them, the world is gonna end in 2012. :p 
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    dalta centauri , September 10, 2010 4:59 PM
    shin0bi272desktop replacement iPad?does this cpu do graphics too or is it just a cpu... judging from the pic its just a cpu... so youd have to have a mobile graphics card in your next ipad which means youd need a huge hs/fan on it ... something that palmtops and apple ipads arent known for. But if they can find a way to do it (and use an ssd for the drive and put some usb ports on it so I can plug in a kb and mouse) I'd buy one too.

    Just cpu, seeing as it's coming out in the next 2 years we could be seeing integrated graphics; although I would be fine with integrated graphics for the first models of whatever they use this in.
    I just hope it's by a company that has good support, my old Archos7 didn't have a new update in over a year, but their archos5's would get an update every few months. Archos7 [250gb 5400rpm, 512mb DDR2, 7" screen 1280x720, a 1Ghz processer, and Droid OS.] Cost me under 300$. Now I consider it slow and nearly unusable, it still goes online fine, although it's original selling point "enjoy hd streaming and viewing from home or on the go, with site's like youtube!" when the archos only supports flash 9 lite.
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    Gin Fushicho , September 10, 2010 5:21 PM
    This sounds great, when these come out I may start buying smart phones!
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    milktea , September 10, 2010 6:13 PM
    Gives me time for my ATT phone contracts to expire, so that I can do an upgrade. :) 
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    screechy , September 10, 2010 6:27 PM
    Does it come with a pocket nuclear generator?
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    insider3 , September 10, 2010 7:08 PM
    dalta centauriWhat's a crisis got to do with what I said?If it's too much for you, then we can go with 1440x900 on a 7" screen which is already out.


    "For all we know there could be a mobile crysis game in the future."

    That's what Crysis has to do with what you said.
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