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IP suite promises premium mobile experience

05 Feb 2015

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ARM has unleashed an IP portfolio that the company said will enable another standard for premium experiences on 2016 mobile devices. The suite features an ARM Cortex-A72 processor, which claims to be the highest performing CPU technology available for developing mobile SoCs.

Alongside the Cortex-A72 processor is the CoreLink CCI-500 interconnect and the Mali-T880 GPU, together with Mali-V550 video and Mali-DP550 display processors. To further ease chip implementation, the suite also includes ARM POP IP for the leading-edge TSMC 16nm FinFET+ process.

SoC dev't environment supports ARM premium mobile IP suite
The Cadence development environment includes digital and system-to-silicon verification tools and IP that support the ARM premium mobile IP suite, speeding time to market for complex, high-end mobile designs.

The premium mobile experience IP suite addresses the ever-increasing demands of end-users for their primary, always-connected mobile devices capable of creating, enhancing and consuming any content, stated the company. For 2016 devices, ARM and its partners will boost the mobile experience associated with use cases such as: immersive and sophisticated image and video capture, including 4K120fps video content; console-class gaming performance and graphics; productivity suites requiring fluid handling of documents and office applications; and natural language user interfaces capable of running natively on a smartphone.

ARM Cortex-A72 processor

More than 10 partners, including HiSilicon, MediaTek and Rockchip, have licensed the Cortex-A72 processor, which is based on the ARMv8-A architecture that delivers energy-efficient 64bit processing while providing full backward compatibility to existing 32bit software. According to the company, the Cortex-A72 processor will deliver substantial benefits such as: sustained operation within the constrained mobile power envelope at frequencies of 2.5GHz in a 16nm FinFET process and scalable to higher frequencies for deployment in larger form factor devices; 3.5X the performance of 2014 devices based on the Cortex-A15 processor; improved energy efficiency that delivers a 75 per cent reduction in energy consumption when matching performance of 2014 devices; and extended performance and efficiency when the Cortex-A72 CPU is combined with a Cortex-A53 CPU in ARM big.LITTLE processor configurations.

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According to the companies, the combination of RTL synthesis and place-and-route solutions with a Reference Implementation flow optimised for the CPU allows engineers to develop advanced designs for next-generation mobile devices.

The CoreLink CCI-500 Cache Coherent Interconnect enables big.LITTLE processing and delivers system power savings thanks to an integrated snoop filter. CoreLink CCI-500 delivers double the peak memory system bandwidth and offers a 30 per cent increase in processor memory performance compared to the previous generation CoreLink CCI-400. This enables more responsive user interfaces and accelerates memory intensive workloads such as productivity applications, video editing and multi-tasking. CoreLink CCI-500 fully supports ARM TrustZone technology for a secure media path enabling protection of multimedia content when used with the Mali product family.

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