ARM Announces New Processors for Late 2009, Offers Hints of Apple Offerings to Come
Processor manufacturer ARM announced its new dual core Cortex-A9 processors capable of breaking the 2GHz barrier and perhaps casting light on future Apple products. Per AppleInsider, the Cortex-A9 MPCore “hard macro implementations” will enable chip makers to create even higher-performance devices from the low-power chips in “high density and thermally constrained environments” that the processors are usually found in, like the iPhone and iPod touch. In addition, the new design consumes less than 250mW per CPU while at peak performance.
While the implementations are now available for license to chipmakers, the Cambridge, U.K., company said hardware availability is expected in the fourth quarter of 2009.
Apple is presently working to create its own custom iPhone chips after the $278 million acquisition of P.A. Semi in 2008. It is likely that when P.A. Semi creates a chip for the new iPhone, the newly announced dual core ARM chips could serve as a guideline for chip development.
While the new ARM Cortex-A9 chips are said to be capable of 2GHz, previous processors in the iPhone and iPod touch have been underclocked from their maximum potential power. Regardless, one would expect any new hardware would provide a performance boost over the current offering.