ARM Tips Plans For Next-generation Processor

News Posted 07/03/07
Author: PV5150
Source: EE Times

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ARM Holdings plc, the licensor of processors and related intellectual property, has tipped sparse details of plans for a next-generation processor to follow on to the three processor cores that comprise the Cortex series. According to the source, the processor will remain with the current instruction set architecture as Cortex processors and it would take about 18 months for the design to complete and come to silicon.

In January 2006 Warren East, chief executive officer of ARM, hinted that a multiprocessing version of one of ARMs Cortex series processors could be in design. Cortex is the follow-on processor range to the ARM11 series of cores, which includes the ARM11 MPcore, a four-way SMP implementation of the ARM11 processor core. However, since then little has been heard about a multiprocessing Cortex processor.

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