Cortex-A processors are used in applications that have high-compute requirements, run rich operating systems and deliver interactive media and graphics on the latest must-have devices such as handsets and ultra-portable netbooks to automotive infotainment systems and next-generation digital TV systems.
Cortex-A processors are geared towards providing the full internet experience, but are used in a wide variety of applications including:
|Mobile Computing||Netbook, Tablet, eReader|
|Mobile Handset||Smartphones, Feature phones, Wearables|
|Digital Home||Set-top Box, Digital TV, Blu-Ray player, Gaming consoles|
|Enterprise||Industrial printers, Routers, Wireless base-stations, VOIP phones and equipment|
|Wireless Infrastructure||Web 2.0, Wireless base-stations, Switches, Servers|
The success of the Cortex-A processors is built on the innovation of ARM partners who have licensed these processors and developed a wide array of success stories in various markets.
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Ideal for Mobile Internet
- Native support for technologies like Adobe Flash
- High performance NEON™ engine for broad support of media codecs
- Low power design enables all-day browsing and connection
Cortex-A based devices provide a scalable range of power-efficient performance points for their target applications. Some illustrative examples are:
- Cortex-A57 processor: ARM's highest performing processor, delivering next-generation performance to mobile, enterprise and networking devices
- Cortex-A53 processor: ARM's most efficient 64-bit processor for applications including mobile, digital TV, Internet of Things (IoT) and networking. It is architectually aligned with the Cortex-A57, making it an ideal choice for implementation in a big.LITTLE configuration
- Cortex-A17 processor: The most efficient ARMv7-A based processor, delivering a new mid-range performance point for any screen, from smartphones to smart televisions
- Cortex-A15 processor: High performance core for current mobile and demanding wireless infrastructure applications
- Cortex-A9 processor: Widely deployed ARMv7-A processor core delivering 800 MHz - 2 GHz typical frequency and 5000 DMIPS of performance per core
- Cortex-A7 processor: High energy and area efficient core with implementations in standalone, multi-core configurations delivering 800 MHz - 1.2 GHz typical frequency, or in a big.LITTLE configuration. Cortex-A7 is increasingly the choice for leading wearable devices
- Cortex-A5 processor: Cost effective processor core offering implementations from 400-800MHz delivering over 1200 DMIPS of performance.
Multicore TechnologyAll ARMv7-A and ARMv8-A based processor cores featured in the current ARM Processor Portfolio support ARM's second-generation multicore technologies.
- Single to quad-core implementation for performance orientated applications
- Supports symmetric and asymmetric OS implementations
- Coherency throughout the processor exported to system via Accelerator Coherency Port (ACP)
The big.LITTLE compatible processors extend multi-core coherence beyond the 1~4 core cluster with AMBA4 ACE (AMBA Coherency Extension).