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ARM Launches Cortex-A5 Multicore Processor

Posted on October 24th, by Kim Poh Liaw in archive. No Comments

26059ARM announces the launch of the ARM Cortex-A5 MPCore processor, available as an extremely area- and power-efficient uniprocessor or up to a 4x multicore processor. By delivering better performance than the ARM1176JZ-S processor within the raw power and silicon area footprint of the ARM926EJ-S processor, the Cortex-A5 uniprocessor offers nearly twice the power-efficiency relative to these earlier and extremely popular predecessors. This increases the quality of the user experience while reducing costs and end-user device size.

The Cortex-A5 processor is fully application compatible with the Cortex-A8 and Cortex-A9 processors. This enables immediate access to an established developer and software ecosystem including Android, Adobe Flash, Java Platform Standard Edition (Java SE), JavaFX, Linux, Microsoft Windows Embedded, Symbian and Ubuntu, along with more than 600 ARM Connected Community members.

The Cortex-A5 processor includes TrustZone security technology along with a NEON multimedia processing engine first introduced with the Cortex-A8 processor. NEON technology is a 128-bit SIMD (Single Instruction, Multiple Data) architecture extension for the Cortex-A series processors, providing flexible and compelling acceleration for intensive multimedia applications.

The Cortex-A5 processor has multiple lead licensees developing leadership mass-market silicon today, is now available for general licensing, and will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2009.