The ARM Cortex-A5 MPCore processor is a small, lowest power ARM multicore processor capable of delivering the Internet. The Cortex-A5 processor is available as an extremely area- and power-efficient uniprocessor or up to a 4x multicore processor. The processor is ideal for ultra low cost handsets, feature phones, smart mobile devices, pervasive embedded devices, consumer devices, and industrial devices. The Cortex-A5 processor is now available for general licensing and will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2009.
The Cortex-A5 uniprocessor provides a high-value migration path for the large number of existing ARM926EJ-S and ARM1176JZ-S processor licensees. By delivering better performance than the ARM1176JZ-S processor within the raw power and silicon area footprint of the ARM926EJ-S processor, the Cortex-A5 uniprocessor offers nearly twice the power-efficiency relative to these earlier and extremely popular predecessors. This increases the quality of the user experience while reducing costs and end-user device size.
The Cortex-A5 multicore processor utilizes the ARM MPCore technology. The widely-adopted ARM MPCore technology increases performance scalability and control over power consumption to exceed the performance of today’s comparable high-performance devices while remaining within the tight mobile power constraints.
The Cortex-A5 processor includes TrustZone security technology along with a NEON multimedia processing engine first introduced with the Cortex-A8 processor. NEON technology is a 128-bit SIMD (Single Instruction, Multiple Data) architecture extension for the Cortex-A series processors, providing flexible and compelling acceleration for intensive multimedia applications.
The Cortex-A5 processor is fully application compatible with the Cortex-A8 and Cortex-A9 processors. This enables immediate access to an established developer and software ecosystem including Android, Adobe Flash, Java Platform Standard Edition (Java SE), JavaFX, Linux, Microsoft Windows Embedded, Symbian and Ubuntu, along with more than 600 ARM Connected Community members.
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