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ARM unveil fast new processor

Posted by Phil Mellor on 22:35, 4/10/2005 | , , , ,
 
10540ARM Ltd. has launched a new processor at its Developers' Conference in California. With clock speeds ranging between 600MHz and 1GHz, the Cortex A8 will not only be far more powerful than existing ARM designs, it will also include extensions to accelerate multimedia codecs such as MPEG4 and MP3 - and floating point arithmetic. The BBC reports that the new processors should be capable of over 1,000 Dhrystone Mip (DMip); today's ARM 9 chips peak at just 300 DMip.

ARM is targetting the Cortex A8 family at high end multimedia phones, set-top boxes, handheld games consoles and even cars. Perhaps some of those devices could run RISC OS?

Links:
Press release
Cortex A8. Apparently all those words mean something.
BBC news

 

  ARM unveil fast new processor
  Phlamethrower (23:26 4/10/2005)
  Hertzsprung (09:16 5/10/2005)
    guestx (12:49 5/10/2005)
      instantiator (16:21 5/10/2005)
        pnaulls (19:32 5/10/2005)
          rich (19:54 5/10/2005)
            Revin Kevin (12:23 6/10/2005)
              JGZimmerle (18:23 6/10/2005)
 
Jeffrey Lee Message #93897, posted by Phlamethrower at 23:26, 4/10/2005
PhlamethrowerHot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot stuff

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Floating point. Wheeee!
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James Shaw Message #93898, posted by Hertzsprung at 09:16, 5/10/2005, in reply to message #93897
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Less than 3mm^2? That's crazee :P
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GuestX Message #93899, posted by guestx at 12:49, 5/10/2005, in reply to message #93898
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But for performance, wouldn't you all prefer the ARM11 MPCore?
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Lewis Westbury Message #93900, posted by instantiator at 16:21, 5/10/2005, in reply to message #93899
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whE10
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Peter Naulls Message #93901, posted by pnaulls at 19:32, 5/10/2005, in reply to message #93900
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You'll understand if I don't get excited about a core that won't be available for some years and then will require actual production before it can be decided if it's suitable for some future RISC OS machine.
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Richard Goodwin Message #93902, posted by rich at 19:54, 5/10/2005, in reply to message #93901
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Yes, we understand because it'd be more of a shock if you *did* get excited about something :D

Lots of new things take time to come about - but it's nice to dream, and build up the anticipation.

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Kevin Wells Message #93903, posted by Revin Kevin at 12:23, 6/10/2005, in reply to message #93902
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I notice on the press release that they already secured five licensees for that chip.

Is their a long time between licensees being signed, then the chip being released?

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Julian "Jules" Zimmerle Message #93904, posted by JGZimmerle at 18:23, 6/10/2005, in reply to message #93903
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Depends on how well the new core is taken up by the licensees. This time there seems to be a good deal of competition coming on, so it might only be a matter of months.

With the last few cores (ARM10, ARM11) it seemed to take ages, because there were only one or two licensees.

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