ARM outs Cortex A-50 series processor
The British semiconductor company unveils their latest processor lineup called Cortex-A50 series. The family consists of two dual-core processors namely Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 which can be paired together to form a quad-core configuration.
These two new 20nm processors are based on ARMv8 architecture which supports both 64-bit and 32-bit apps. ARMv8 architecture also allows the processor to support more than 4GB of RAM, making the Cortex-A50 Series not only snappy but also future-proof.
Another key feature of the Cortex-A50 series processor is its efficient power consumption, thanks to ARM big.LITTLE technology. To give us a bit of a background about this technology, here’s a short clip courtesy of ARMflix.
ARM Cortex-A50 processor series:
• Currently includes the Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 processors
• Optional cryptographic acceleration that can speed up authentication software up to x10
• Interoperability with ARM Mali™ graphics processor family for GPU compute applications
• Features AMBA® system coherency to extend to many-core coherence with ARM CoreLink cache coherent fabric components, including the CCI-400 and CCN-504
ARM looks to change the way we use our mobile devices with the Cortex-A50. The company looks to transform the smartphone and tablets of the future from content-consumption devices to powerful and energy-efficient content-creation machines. According to ARM, consumers will start seeing devices these processors by 2014.