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ARM Opens Roadmap Kimono Till 2016

One of the slides that was shared with us by ARM shows how the company envisages the future of its product portfolio both in graphics and in processor products.

By the end of this year, the first SoCs with Cortex A5 and Mali 300 should come to the entry level market, followed by dual Cortex A5 and dual Mali-400MP at the mid-end, and by the end of the year, quad core Cortex A9 and Quad Mali T604.

Fast forward to 2014 and we find a product mix consisting of system on chips with dual Cortex A15, dual cortex A7, Quad Mali-T658 on one side, Cortex-A15, Cortex-A7 and dual Mali-T604 on the other, Quad Cortex-A7 and Quad Mali-400 MP for the mid range and dual Cortex A7 and Dual Mali-400MP for the entry level.

The roadmap goes blank from 2014 onwards except for a lone SoC template for a superphone that contains a dual Cortex-A15, dual Cortex-A7 and eight Mali-T658 cores.

Obviously, roadmapping is a fluid process and all the timelines and product launches will depend on market conditions.

It is worth noting as well that the superphone of 2015 is expected to have "only" twice the relative performance of the SoC that's currently in the Samsung Galaxy S2 according to that slide.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.