Marvell announced a family of processors designed specifically for next-generation ARM instruction set smartphones, smartbooks, consumer and embedded devices, and displays. The Armada family of application processors consist of CPU cores with PC-class performance, support for Adobe Flash technology, and Blu-ray functionality. Support for complete broadband connectivity is also included.
The Armada processors fall into four lines. The 100 series delivers high performance at low price points for mainstream Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), connected consumer products, e-readers, and new personal information appliances. The 500 series combines computing horsepower, compelling multimedia, and seamless connectivity for high-end smartbooks and tablets. The 600 series is dedicated to high-end smartphones, delivering high performance applications and multimedia in small form factors and low power requirements. And finally, the 1000 series is focused on enabling the next generation of connected full-HD consumer devices, delivering high-end viewing experiences and offering a variety of networked applications at mainstream price points.
The ARMADA family supports most popular operating systems, including Windows Embedded CE, Windows Mobile, Android, Linux, Maemo, Ubuntu, and China Mobile's OMS. Available board packages support Adobe Flash technology, Microsoft Silverlight, and Real Video's Real Player.
The first actual part is coming from the 500 series. The 510 is an ARM v7 instruction set architecture compatible application processor, and it's sampling this quarter. For more information, go to www.marvell.com.