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ARM A7 comes under the microscope

Conference attendees at next weeks ARM TechCon will be first to get an in-depth  look at the technology behind the latest processor from ARM, the A7.

On Wednesday, October 26 at 2.30 p.m., Brian Jeff will discuss how the extremely power-efficient A7 design will enable entry smartphone SoC designs. His paper will describe in detail the design choices in the Cortex-A7 CPU, choice of feature set and performance level and how its simplified pipeline enables dramatically lower power consumption that make it suitable for not just the mobile but a slew of other markets. These optimizations will be examined along with benchmark results to analyze the performance impact of processor configuration and system design choices. It also looks at advanced adaptive power management techniques for extreme performance scalability with reduced energy consumption.

This session will be followed at 3:30 by Peter Greenhalgh, identified by ARM as the lead designer for the A7, who will discuss how the Cortex-A7 and Cortex-A15 provide adaptive multi-processing to address the high performance/low energy requirements of these platforms by creating a subsystem consisting of a higher performance processor coherently connected a much smaller, more energy efficient processor. This concept has been dubbed “big-little” by ARM.

It's not too late to sign up for the conference, and if you opt for the all the all access pass you will get a free Viewsonic G-Tablet with a pre-installed app linking to all the conference papers and presentations. 

Read more on the A7 and the big-LITTLE technique:  

ARM reveals ‘little dog’ A7 processor
ARM mulls ‘big-little’ scheme for graphics
Freescale applies ‘big-little’ to i.MX chips

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