Cortex-A12 brings high performance into the mid-range and its efficiency profile makes it an ideal choice for thermally restricted mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. It is based on the widely adopted ARMv7-A architecture and offers backwards compatibility to the Cortex-A15, Cortex-A7 and Cortex-A9 processors and allows existing applications to operate seamlessly on Cortex-A12 processor-based SoCs.
Cortex-A12 is an attractive next step for Cortex-A9 designs. Its modern feature set, easy integration and additional performance over Cortex-A9 provide an ideal upgrade path for partners. Find below a feature comparison of Cortex-A9 and Cortex-A12:
The Cortex-A12 microarchitecture consists of a high-performance, high-efficiency pipeline, which delivers significant performance increase over today’s mid-range devices while maintaining uncompromised battery life expected in this market. Tightly integrated NEON™/FPU units, integrated L2 cache with optional reliability features, Peripheral Port for low-latency peripheral accesses and an Accelerator Coherency Port (ACP) are just some features available in Cortex-A12 making it an ideal choice for the mid-range mobile market, and other consumer centric applications.
Cortex-A12 is optimized for modern mobile use case but the performance, power efficiency and feature set of the processor make it a perfect fit for other consumer electronics applications:
- Mobile - Smartphones, Tablets
- Digital TV, Set-top box
- Home Networking
- Automotive Infotainment and many other consumer applications
Many of these consumer devices today are based on Cortex-A9. Cortex-A12 enables partners to take the next step and upgrade to the next generation of mid-range processors.