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ARM Unveils New Cortex-A15 Hard Macro Processor

The fresh Cortex-A15 MP4 is a quad-core hard macro implementation of the firm's flagship A15 processor, hard macro meaning that it helps manufacturers achieve greater profitability and bring hardware to the market more swiftly.

The Cortex-A15 MP4 Hard Macro is built on a 28nm process, and is the first quad-core hard macro the company has pushed out (not to mention the first A15, 28nm-based hard macro).

In performance terms, it delivers over 20,000DMIPS and runs at 2GHz, yet ARM claims that it maintains the power efficiency of the Cortex-A9 hard macro. ARM notes that the low leakage implementation delivers an "extremely competitive" blend of power and performance, ideal for a wide array of hardware, from notebooks through to performance-orientated network and enterprise devices.

Haydn Povey, Director of Marketing in the ARM Processor Division, wrote in a blog post: "It is fair to conclude that the unmatched power efficiency in this high-performance Cortex-A15 MP4 implementation was achieved by capitalizing on the vast implementation expertise available in ARM, and by leveraging the tight synergy that exists between ARM CPU, Physical and Fabric IP teams."

Jim Nicholas, VP of Marketing in the ARM Processor Division, commented: "For SoC designers looking to make a trade-off between the flexibility offered by the traditional RTL-based SoC development strategy and a rapid time to market, with ensured, benchmarked power, performance and area, an ARM hard macro implementation is an ideal, cost-effective solution."

"This new Cortex-A15 hard macro is an important addition to our portfolio and will enable a wider array of partners to leverage the outstanding capabilities of the Cortex-A15 processor."

Source: Arm Blog (opens in new tab)

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