ARM predicts dual-core Cortex-A15 devices in late 2012, quad-core variants 'later on'
In this article: 2.5ghz, 2012, a15, arm, arm cortex, arm eagle, arm holdings, ArmCortex, ArmEagle, ArmHoldings, cortex, cortex a15, cortex-a15, CortexA15, eagle, forecast, james bruce, JamesBruce, mpcore, multicore, plans, processor, quad core, quad-core, QuadCore, roadmap, schedule, soc, system-on-chip
Smartphones and tablets, the two hottest categories of consumer devices right now, are dominated by ARM processor designs, so when the company speaks up about its product roadmap, we're inclined to listen in close. The next generation of ARM system-on-chip has been dubbed Cortex-A15 and was expected to ship in 2013, but that's now been accelerated slightly to late 2012, which is when we're told to expect actual devices on sale with A15 silicon on board. Single- and dual-core variants will get us started, before quad-core options start filtering through in 2013. ARM promises a stunning fivefold improvement in performance over current Cortex-A9 SOCs and already has NVIDIA, Samsung, ST-Ericsson, and Texas Instruments signed up as licensees for that new hotness. So now even Samsung's "desktop-class" 2GHz dual-core chip that's slated for 2012 has a reason to look over its shoulder. Happy times!
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. All prices are correct at the time of publishing.