ARM Cortex-A15 ‘Eagle’ Unveiled; Capable of quad-core computing at up to 2.5GHz

September 9, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

There were rumors about an upcoming Eagle processor form ARM, circulating all around the web, some time ago. ARM has now officially unveiled the Cortex A15 “Eagle” quad-core processor, which is the latest addition to ARM’s Cortex-A family of processors, and it will be targeting a wide variety of devices and providing leading combinations of performance and power-efficiency.

The processor, which runs at up to 2.5 GHz, is claimed by ARM to provide five times the performance of current generation smartphone chipsets.

With the Cortex-A15 MPCore processor, ARM are targeting mobile computers, smartphones, low-power servers and high-end digital home entertainment systems. ARM’s 1-1.5GHz versions of Eagle will be used in smartphones, while home servers might get the 1.5-2.5GHz chips.

The Cortex A15 adds efficient hardware support for OS virtualization, soft-error recovery, larger memory addressability and system coherency. The Cortex A15 works with the same software as the other Cortex A processors, which means it is compatible with Linux, Android, Flash, Java, Windows Embedded Compact 7, Symbian and many other applications.

The ARM Cortex A15 processor is available for licensing now and is targeted at manufacturers using 32nm or 28nm process technology. The first chips are expected to arrive in 2013 from Texas Instruments and others. Video below:

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