ARM promises Cortex-A50 chips with 3X performance increase by 2014

ARM promises Cortex-A50 chips with 3X performance increase by 2014
ARM announced today its upcoming Cortex-A50 series of chips, promising to triple the performance of today’s fastest mobile chips, while also offering dramatic improvements to battery life. They also announced a set of chips aimed squarely at the enterprise server market – the timing of AMD’s earlier announcement on producing ARM-based server chips was clearly not a coincidence. Not surprisingly ARM’s timeline matched AMD’s as well, as they expect to ship the first A50-based devices to ship in 2014.

ARM indicates that those performance increases will come from multi-threading improvements, a shift to 64-bit processing, and perhaps most importantly a die-shrink, as the A-50 series chips will be made with transistors that are a mere 20nm across. As with any die-shrink, that will lead to faster and more efficient circuitry. The backwards-compatible 64-bit processing is also interesting, as it allows chips to “seamlessly transition from a 32-bit to a 64-bit execution state”, so in the next few years phone and tablet chips will be ready for a shift to 64-bit computing (and concurrent increases in RAM size), paving the way for ever more complex mobile OSes.

ARM announced two chips as the lead products of the A50 series, the Cortex-A53 and the Cortex-A57. The A57 will be the high-end performance chip, and we can expect to see them in some of the most beastly mobile devices in 2014 (and probably server clusters as well). The A53 will be held to around the same computational power as todays Cortex-A9 processors, but they will be much smaller in size and use about 1/5th of the energy. The size-shrink might make them more useful for wearable computers (ala Google Glass) and other embedded devices, and more battery life is always welcome.

So the future looks bright for ARM-based chips in the coming couple of years. Intel is also charging hard with even more aggressive die-shrinks, so it will be interesting to see how the two chip juggernauts fair in the coming few years. One thing we can count on: the rapid pace of innovation will lead to ever more powerful mobile devices for the foreseeable future!

source: ARM via Engadget



1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

In one word: BEAST! Can't WAIT!

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Good news! :) Also I hope that whining and crying people will avoid this article because it sucks to read such comments like "There is no proper software which could utilize whole power potential..." or "Why we need such power on smartphone or tablets..."


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Android requires this, due to heavy hardware requirements.

14. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Future looks bright for mobile and tablets alike...this could be a game changer in unification of devices!

21. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Exynos 6!!!

2. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

was hoping for 2013 so that the GS IV would feature it ! :( well, we can still hope :D

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

How would that even be possible when they just announced it today? There are so many things they have to work out before they get even close to manufacturing it. It takes at least a year to get a certain technology mass-produced. For example, the screen that is featured on the Nexus 10 was announced by Samsung in, I believe, May 2011. It took them over a year to finally bring it to the market and mass-produce it.

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Maybe GS V. But definitely not the GS IV. The specs for the GS IV have been frozen at this point. The new ARM chips won't be shipping until late 2013 at the earliest.

18. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Nah, not frozen. It's definitely an A15-quad-core exynos :p

3. Fallin

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

Check this out...​akthrough-using-carbon-nanotubes-30254812/ With these chips including the carbon nanotubes. We would have some awsome chips. The carbon nanotubes would allow the chips to get even smaller and faster.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

The Personal Computer just shrunk!!!

19. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

u must be unaware that windows 8 can run on ARM processors

22. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You must be unaware that i just commented a joke.

6. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Waiting for a phone with the A15 exynos chipset then in 2 years I'll be ready for when these come out :D

8. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

People are probably saying "Dammmm 2014?" Without realizing that it's around the corner. By 2016, don't be surprised if Core-i7 capable mobile processors emerge. Which means your next gaming console will visually throw you off your chair, (since games like Battlefield 3 on Ultra Settings already do), and your desktops...well, you get the point.

9. AppleIsGod

Posts: 56; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Intel is really lagging behind on its mobile processor advancement...

11. Fallin

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Or, they are going to have to really step up their game if they want to be relevant in the market.

13. mr.smith

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

This is just amazing! With IBM nanotube transistors we could up to 50GHz-100GHz+ in mobile devices. Imagine mobile games by that time and the operating systems. We'll probably have holographic displays by that time with bendable, hell foldable, displays! Batteries will have a more solid algebraic architecture for far more better battery. If your complaining please lay down and take a nap. These guys know what they are doing. That's why they make the technology and we don't. Sheesh...


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

This will also deliver a extreme end transformation computing and multitasking and thro servers and revolutionise user experience. Good luck Arm.

17. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

wait wait wait..... they already announce cortex a50 but cortex a15 isn't widely use yet? and about that 64-bit, will they replace or function like intel chips now?

20. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

no. they will have backward compatibility.

23. champ_vl

Posts: 44; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

BEFORE YOU JUMP TO ANY CONCLUSION, please read carefully what i am about to say: The huge processing power we see these days coming especially from Android is overkill, it is not used at it's full potential. Why am I saying this? Well recently I bought the HTC Sensation XL which is a single core 1.5 Ghz, 768 mb of RAM and the old Adreno 205 GPU. I swear, there is not a single game my HTC can't play ! And it plays all these games without any lag and choppiness. All the latest games like NOVA 3, NFS series and shooting games with complex games are handled flawlessly by A SINGLE CORE android phone. So, in my opinion, dual core is enough for the time being because there aren't any complex apps that put those QUAD CORE and 2 GB of RAM to work. It's more of a marketing strategy. I have a lot more to say but then my comment would be too large and no one would read it. Cheers !

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