By Maximilian Clarke

Cambridge-based chip designers, ARM Holdings plc (LSE: ARM, NASDAQ: ARMH), have unveiled their latest, super-efficient processor; the ARM® Cortex™-A7 MPCore™.

The latest design is being touted as revolutionary: it is just 1/5th the size of the design’s predecessor-the A8- whilst being 5 times more energy efficient. It also boasts the big.LITTLE processing, allowing for both higher energy, highly demanding applications and more efficient, low energy and long life uses.

The latest chip has generated significant interest from ARM’s many clients, including Texas Instruments; Samsung; Sprint; LG Electronics and ST Ericsson:

“We are excited to see ARM's introduction of Cortex-A7 with big.LITTLE processing. We see it as a natural continuation of our innovative approach to smart mobile computing as it presents new opportunities to advance the industry overall enabling even lower power general purpose CPU performance," said Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president, OMAP platform business unit, Texas Instruments.

LG Electronics’ Vice President, Bo-ik Sohn added:
“ARM continues to raise the bar in performance and energy-efficiency for mobile and battery operated applications by introducing the ARM Cortex-A7 processor. The Cortex-A7 processor’s ability to work together with the Cortex-A15 processor in a big.LITTLE configuration will help address the high-performance and low-power requirements of OEMs to deliver the optimum user experience for next generation mobile phones and mobile computing devices.”

"The race is on to put a high-performance, power-efficient supercomputer in the palm of the consumer's hand." said John Kalkman, vice president, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. "We are pleased to be partnering with ARM as they redefine the power/performance equation in mobile computing. By combining innovative technology leadership from both companies, SoC designers will have the right application processor to deliver always-on, always-connected mobile computing for future devices."


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