SANTA CLARA, Calif. – ARM reported a test chip using its A15 and A7 cores saved 50 percent on power consumption without sacrificing performance. It also revealed a road map for enabling software for the so-called big.little initiative which pairs a large and small core.
The technology looks promising enough that even some chip makers outside the ARM ecosystem—such as Intel—might consider adopting it, said one analyst. Samsung is expected to sample the first big.little SoC, perhaps before the end of the year. Several chip makers have similar SoCs in development, said ARM.
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