Mobile Computing - Tablets, Chromebooks and eReaders

The incredible adoption of web technology into our everyday lives has fundamentally changed the way consumers access and interact with information. The personal computer (PC) market is in decline as consumers shift to mobile computing platforms such as Smartphones, Tablets and Chromebooks. This new class of products demand: 
  • All day active use / multiple days standby availability
  • High definition multimedia and compelling user interfaces
  • Uncompromised Web 2.0 internet experience without sacrificing mobility
  • healthy supplier ecosystem providing competitive solutions focused on innovation, differentiation, and the consumer experience 
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Optimized ARM Mobile Computing Block Diagram


With this new class of mobile computing devices, the user’s experience is dictated by both power and usability. For years, ARM and its ecosystem Partners have been driving the balance in these key requirements to deliver compelling consumer products in energy-constrained systems, including phones, portable media players and portable navigation devices. The inherent low power culture, coupled with ARM's business model that enables the development of highly integrated, optimized-for-purpose silicon devices is enabling a diverse range of platforms to enter the market.

All day active use / multiple days standby availability

  • Total system on chip power starting below 1W
  • Ultra low power processor cores for local and web based applications
  • Ultra low power graphics cores for compelling user interfaces and casual gaming

High definition multimedia and compelling user interfaces

  • High resolution display controllers
    • Up to 1320 x 768 internal displays
    • Up to 1920 x 1080 external displays
  • 3D graphics capable of driving high definition displays
    • OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenCL and Renderscript support

Uncompromised Web 2.0 internet experience without sacrificing mobility

  • Web activities
    • Social networking sites
    • Streaming video
    • Blogs, Tweets, RSS feeds
    • Email and browsing
  • Key web technologies
    • Adobe Flash
    • JAVA
    • Javascript
    • HTML

A healthy supplier ecosystem providing competitive solutions focused on innovation, differentiation, and the consumer experience

  • Multiple chipset providers based on a common architecture to minimize engineering investment but maximize the potential for differentiation
    • Single chip solutions
    • Minimize board space, layer count, passive components, power consumption and cost
    • Multiple power planes to minimize power to only the system blocks required given any task
    • High speed on chip interconnects to maximize performance at minimal power
  • Numerous operating system options
    • Linux (various flavors and distributions) including Google Android and Google Chrome
    • Windows8 RT
  • Broad range of connectivity options to best provide applications and services
    • Low power, high throughput radios for WWAN and WiFi
    • Optional support for GPS location based services
    • Optional support for DVB-T or DMB-T/H digital broadcast

The ARM architecture, processor implementations and the company's business model is the foundation for a healthy ecosystem of semiconductor companies creating high performance, ultra low power, System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions targeted at enabling cool new mobile computing devices.
  • By using a common ARM instruction set, there is commonality across the operating system and application software development for these devices.
  • A broad range of unique peripherals including graphics, security, and communications processing are integrated by these companies to deliver differentiated SoCs

ARM has developed a broad range of 32-bit processors from which silicon partners can select. In 4Q12, ARM announced the first ARMv8 processor cores, Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57, which in addition to extending the performance capabilities of ARM's 32-bit processor product portfolio are capable of running 64-bit software.

ARM's lengthy history as a supplier to the mobile market has shown that the most efficient approach is to implementing silicon devices is through the use of heterogenous processing. big.LITTLE processing describes the tight coupling of highly efficient, modest compute processor cores with higher performance processors. Transparent to the software developer, low level software such as operating systems allocate specific tasks to the processor type that best meets the performance requirements for the task. The Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 represents the 3rd generation of this technology.

At Computex 2013, ARM introduced a set of products optimized for the mid range of the Smartphones. this features for the Cortex-A12, Mali-T622, Mali-V500 and complementary physical IP POP technology.

Over the last few years, one of ARM's primary focuses has been around software. ARM formed Linaro, a not-for-profit organization, specifcally tasked with aligning the open source tools and kernel distributions across the ARM ecosystem. ARM was also responsible for establishing Trustonic, a joint venture with Gemalto and G&D, focused on estalbishing a secure root of trust on which secure applications (including mobile payments) can be developed.

ARM provides a broad range of intellectual property that is incorporated by our customers in their semiconductor solutions targeted to enabling all day use mobile computing devices. 

 Application Processors

Graphics and Video Processors

Storage Solutions

Power Management

System IP 

Physical IP


While the ARM Connected Community can provide links to chipset and software solutions, this section provides resources focused on the trends in the market place.
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