ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core processor is now available
On April 17, ARM announced availability of a quad-core, power-efficient and high-performance hard macro implementation of their flagship ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processor, an industry leading licensable processor design. Designed to run at 2 GHz, the Cortex-A15 MP4 hard macro offers more than 20K DMIPS performance, with the power efficiency seen in a Cortex-A9 processor.
The Cortex-A15 hard macro development combines an ARM Cortex-A15 processor core with Artisan physical IP, CoreLink systems IP (maximizing data movement and storage efficiency) and ARM's integration capabilities. It is built using TSMC's 28nm HPM process.
Using an ARM Neon SIMD engine and their VFP Floating Point engine, in a low leakage implementation, it offers a competitive power/performance ratio. This makes it a good choice for many high performance products which need a lower power usage, such as notebooks and many high performance network products.
The design offers OEMs a cost-efficient way to rapidly move new products to market, with the bulk of the final product being available in the licensed core. Relatively minimal work is needed to bring unique products to the marketplace.
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