ARM processor roadmap

ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) plans to launch three additions to its Cortex family of processor cores during 2010.

1. Eagle (codename)

    • high-performance Cortex A-class
    • supersede the Cortex-A9 as ARM’s most powerful processor core
    • Cortex-A9 –> within the Tegra-2 processor from Nvidia, ST-Ericsson’s U8500 and TI’s OMAP4
    • aimed at the very high-end
    • aimed at smartphone, mobile computing, digital television and communications infrastructure applications
    • application processors ARM has categorized this as a 3 billion unit per year market

2. Heron

    • embedded and real-time Cortex R-class
    • automotive engine management, basebands and hard disk drive control
    • embedded market of 10 billion units per year

3. Merlin

    • novel core for ARM’s Cortex-M grouping
    • motor control, industrial control and embedded audio processing
    • microcontroller market as 16 billion units per year
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