64-bit Cortex-A50 series processors

31 January 2013

ARM announced the new ARM Cortex-A50 processor series based upon the ARMv8 architecture.

The series initially includes the Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 processors and introduces a new, energy-efficient 64-bit processing technology, as well as extending existing 32-bit processing. The scalability of the processor series enables ARM partners to create SoCs that address diverse markets.

The Cortex-A57 is ARM’s most advanced high-performance applications processor, while the Cortex-A53 is the most power-efficient ARM application processor. They can operate independently or be combined into an ARM big.LITTLE processor configuration, combining high performance with power efficiency. Both are supported by the ARM CoreLink 400 and new CoreLink 500 series system IP fabric solutions.

ARM partners can scale SoC platforms from single- and multi-core big.LITTLE mobile solutions to massively parallel enterprise solutions for optimal flexibility and energy-efficiency. The Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 processors will target multi-GHz performance on advanced CMOS and FinFET processes technologies.

Announced licensees of the new processor series include AMD, Broadcom, Calxeda, HiSilicon, Samsung and STMicroelectronics. The capabilities of the Cortex-A50 processor series allow it to transition from a 32-bit to a 64-bit execution state, enabling today’s existing applications, and provides scalability to 64-bit.


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