Let’s Skip Dual Core Processors! Manufacturers Already Talking Quad
Sep 20, 2010 7:36 PM –
With the best cell phones on the market right now running a single core processor with somewhere around 1 GHz of power, we know from the world of computers that the next step will be dual-core, right? Maybe not!
Marvel Technology announced back in January that it has found a way to put quad-core ARM processors in mobile devices and they will easily beat that 1 GHz speed we’re getting used to seeing right now. Now, this week, ARM unveiled more information on their new quad-core Eagle processors. The official name of these processors is the ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processor and will run somewhere around 2.5 GHz. This is stronger than many processors in desktop and laptop computers today.
Texas Instruments is the first company that has been licensed to use this technology although Symbian is also in talks to get this technology into their devices.
If phones using this technology take full advantage of it’s capability we may see phones running Windows Mobile and Android simultaneously by way of virtualization.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 1 GHz processor is one of the top processors in mobile devices today and handles current demands amazingly. While there are several phone manufacturers already previewing phones with dual-core processors, this announcement may hurt sales of those phone. A major part of the market are those who want to have the newest and greatest thing and if they know something this powerful is on the horizon, they may hold of on purchasing the dual-core devices.
For more detailed information on the new processor go to http://www.arm.com/products/processors/cortex-a/cortex-a15.php.