Thursday 1 November 2012

Powerful & energy efficient smartphones by 2015

By 2015, we may get to see high-end smartphones featuring new ARM Cortex-A50 series mobile processors with great performance level boosts and would also be power-efficient.

Smartphone chip maker, ARM has announced a new Cortex A-50 range of mobile processors that support 64-bit execution state. These new Cortex-A50 series processors are claimed to be powerful and power-efficient as compared to current breed of processors used in smartphones, tablets and even micro-servers.

These powerful mobile processors will be ready in 2014 and we can expect to see first working products by the year following that.

Notably, many mobile processor makers such as NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Samsung and Apple license the intellectual property from the ARM Holdings to design and fabricate mobile processors.

At the ARM TechCon convention, the company has announced two new Cortex-A50 series based mobile processors - Cortex-A53 (Apollo) and Cortex-A57 (Atlas). These new 64-bit processors can support 32-bit executable states too. The 64-bit support allows more than 4 GB physical memory for scalable performance and boosting power-efficiency at the same time. The performance levels may be more but the power consumption might be same or slightly lower than the predecessors.

ARM will offer the big.LITTLE configuration for the upcoming Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 mobile processors for using them in two basic configurations. The big configuration means higher performance achieved with higher power consumption - meant for the high-end devices. Whereas the LITTLE configuration aims in providing lower performance at lowest possible power consumption.

The new Cortex-A50 series mobile processors will show significant performance boost with more RAM compared to the 32-bit supporting Cortex-A7 and Cortex-A15 series processors.
After the Cortex-A50 mobile processors will bring more powerful super-phones with cutting edge performance that will let users to perform multiple things at accelerated performance levels. Also, that will let the mobile operating system makers to rethink and work on the operating system to be able to juice-out maximum possible performance from the Cortex-A50 series processors.

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