ARM processors roadmap
Roadmap of ARM microprocessors for the next few years was made public in a leaked PDF file titled "Samsung System LSI Application processor for Netbook". The PDF file was produced by Samsung Electronics, and is dated by November 2009. According to the document, the next line of Cortex application processors, dual-core Cortex-A9, will go into production in the first quarter 2011. In the same year ARM will produce single-core version of Cortex-A9, codenamed Pegasus, and in 2012 there will be faster version of Cortex A9 operating at 1 GHz. Quad-core Cortex, codenamed Aquila, will be launched in 2012 or 2013. The table below details provides more roadmap details for application processors:
Classic ARM processor roadmap includes single- and dual-core Sparrow parts:
While Sparrow processors are not yet commercially available, ARM already licenses the design to other companies. The first license for Sparrow processor was signed more than a year ago, in the 1st quarter 2009.
In related news, Apple was rumored to buy ARM Holdings. For more information and detailed analysis of this rumor please proceed to CPUShack.net.