LONDON Processor technology licensor ARM Holdings plc has unveiled its latest processor architecture at its own ARM Developers Conference which is taking place in Santa Clara, California, this week.
The Cortex A9 is fully synthesizable and covers single and multicore processors capable of delivering more than 8000 aggregate Dhrystone MIPS of performance.
The processor core, which becomes the top of ARM's range, is aimed at smartphones, connected mobile computers, consumer electronics, automotive infotainment, networking and other embedded and enterprise devices.
ARM also announced today that several Partners have already selected the Cortex-A9 processors, including NEC Electronics, NVIDIA, Samsung, STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments.
The Cortex-A9 processors have a dynamic length, 8-stage superscalar, multi-issue pipeline with speculative out-of-order execution. It is capable of executing up to four instructions per cycle in devices clocked at more than 1-GHz.
The Cortex-A9 MPCore processor supports system-level coherence with accelerators and DMA to further increase performance and reduce power consumption at the system level. The Cortex-A9 single core processor was developed for simplified design migration and reduced time-to-market of high-performance, cost-sensitive applications such as feature phones and other low cost embedded devices.