ARM has introduced the Cortex™-A15 MPCore processor, which apparently delivers a 5x performance improvement over existing smartphone processors, within a comparable energy footprint.
ARM maintains that it is the ‘highest-performance licensable processor the industry has ever seen’. The company believes that it will enable a wide range of products ranging from next-generation smartphones, tablets, large-screen mobile computing and high-end digital home entertainment devices through to wireless base stations and enterprise infrastructure products such as low-power servers.
Mike Inglis, EVP and GM, Processor Division, ARM said that “The Cortex-A15 MPCore processor will become the next major step along the industry’s energy efficient computing roadmap and open up a wide range of new application possibilities for our Partners.”
It’s an interesting point that the growth of cloud computing, often seen as the green ICT holy grail, will result in more mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets accessing the cloud. To do so they will need more processing capability which tends to go hand-in-hand with more power requirements (and the problems and restrictions that brings). The ‘greenness’ of cloud computing continues to be debated, but this is an aspect that’s often not taken into the equation.
Fortunately, it’s this that the new ARM chip is addressing. Five times more performance within a ‘comparable’ energy footprint is a significant advance. Of course ‘comparable’ may mean more and the chip’s use may mean the spread of devices. But at least in the corporate environment their use may be part of solutions that significantly reduce emissions elsewhere in the organisation.