Sep 09 AT 12:15 AM Taylor Wimberly 16 Comments

ARM reveals quad-core 2.5 GHz Cortex-A15, slated for 2012

ARM provided a window into the future of smartphones tonight when they announced the Cortex-A15 MPCore processor. The new design will be used in 32nm and 28nm chips with 1-16 cores, with clock speeds up to 2.5GHz.

Before you get too excited, ARM does not expect these processors to arrive in phones until late 2012. By the time they are available, ARM says to expect five times the performance of the Cortex-A8 CPUs that we find in most current smartphones, at a similar energy footprint.

As many of you know ARM does not manufacture its own CPUs, but licenses its technology as intellectual property to other hardware partners. So far, the three lead licensee partners for Cortex-A15 include Samsung, ST Ericsson and Texas Instruments. NVIDIA and Qualcomm were not mentioned in the press release, but I expect they also have plans for A15 chips.

Executives from ARM are hoping the increased performance will allow the A15 to appear in all types of devices including smartphones, consumer electronics, and even web servers. Eric Schorn, VP of Processor Marketing ARM, told Hexus that A15 is “The biggest thing ARM has ever done, the degree of commitment is truly phenomenal. It’s like taking a desktop and putting it in your pocket.”

So now the waiting game begins. If you buy a new smartphone this Christmas with 2-year contract, it should expire just in time for these chips to land.

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Source: ARM

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  • http://Website Not Impressed

    All this talk of processors, processors, processors, processors. But you never hear ” new multiple core battery guarantees 4x longer life” from any of these manufacturers.

    • NODO-GT

      new CPUs with 28nm design will help battery life.

      “ARM says to expect five times the performance of the Cortex-A8 CPUs that we find in most current smartphones, at a similar energy footprint”

      Quad Core CPU with 2.5GHz in your pocket, thats amazing. in pair with Android 5.0 :D

      • SliestDragon

        Hey, Mr. Not Impressed…..NODO-GT is correct you know. People always over look the fact that processors are getting less, and less battery hungry. A Quad-core 2.5Ghz toned down to act like a single-core 1Ghz processor would last days.

        Yes there hasn’t been a new battery technology in a while, but why are you getting angry at a PROCESSOR MANUFACTURER for making a processor a bajillion(yes, that’s a word) times faster then processors are now, while still using the same battery? You should be happy for them….

        • http://Website Not Impressed

          It’s just that it’s kinda harsh having all that power and having to be stuck at the power outlet 3 or 4 times a day especially when you’re a “power user”.

          • http://Website Gee

            Under volt/clock it that 2.5ghz to 1.5ghz and you’ll get great battery life, ’cause lets be serious, who needs 4 cores and 2.5ghz to run the facebook app.

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  • http://Website David

    2+ghz cpu? Guess Motorola is planning a trip to the future, for that phone they plan to release before the end of THIS year

  • http://Website just me

    Too bad the worlds gonna end by then..xD that’s why after I get my 1st dualcore phone ima enjoy it to the fullest.

  • http://Website Khush

    They plan to stop the world from ending with their extremely powerful processors. When you get ppl walking around with the power of current day desktops in their pockets theres noway the world can end.

  • http://Website Dethduck

    Wonder if we could see these replace the Ion and Atom chips used in netbooks and htpcs these days.

  • http://Website Benoit Martin

    With that much power in our pocket it’s just gonna end-up frying our balls!

    • Shiggity

      ROFL. Simply.. ROFL.

  • Shiggity

    My friend was nagging on me to wait before jumping and getting an Epic 4G… saying that by the time I have my Epic something better’ll be out by the holidays. This news makes me justify my purchase-to-be of my Epic 4G, since multi-core CPU smartphone won’t be on the market as soon you’d think. In 2012 I’ll be happy to get one of these quad 2.5 GHz chips in a phone. Until then, I think my Epic 4G-to-be will suit me just fine.

    Awesome article with an equally as awesome video to go along with it. ^.^

  • johnmoores

    To be included in Motorola Nexus 4 in 2012111!