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ARM processor streamlines 5G modem, mass storage dev't

22 Feb 2016

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ARM has rolled out the Cortex-R8 processor that promises to enable chip designers to boost the performance of ARM-based modem and mass storage device SoCs two-fold. The real-time CPU claims to deliver the low latency, high performance and power efficiency required by next-generation 5G modems and mass storage devices.

A quad-core configuration dramatically boosts the total Cortex-R8 performance, which when combined with its real time features and extended low-latency memory makes Cortex-R8 the highest performing processor in its class.

"The ARM architecture is the trusted standard for real-time high-performance processing in modems," said Daniel Diao, deputy general manager, Turing Processor Business Unit, Huawei. "As a leader in cellular technology, Huawei is already working on 5G solutions and we welcome the significant performance uplift the Cortex-R8 will deliver. We expect it to be widely deployed in any device where low latency and high performance communication is a critical success factor."

ARM silicon partners have already begun design work. SoCs based on the Cortex-R8 targeting the mass storage market segment are likely to be available in 2016. Modem designs using Cortex-R8 processors will support the roll-out of the LTE-Advanced Pro and 5G standards. The Cortex-R8 is also compatible with existing software so design cycles will be reduced, allowing developers to extend their real-time product ranges based on a single CPU architecture.

The processor is available for licensing and silicon is expected in 2016.




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