TI first to license ARM Cortex processor - Embedded.com

TI first to license ARM Cortex processor

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Texas Instruments Inc. and ARM have announced that TI is the first licensee and lead partner in the development ARM’s Cortex-A8 processor.

Texas Instruments (Dallas) will use the processor across a range of next-generation, ultra-low power 3G modems and high-performance, OMAP application processors manufactured in 65nm processes and enhanced by its SmartReflex power and performance management technologies and M-Shield security solution.

The Cortex-A8 processor from ARM (Cambridge, U.K.) is expected give handset makers a four-hold performance improvement over existing solutions forapplications such as mobile entertainment, communications and gaming.

The Cortex-A8 processor is the first applications processor based on the next-generation ARMv7 architecture, and features Thumb-2 technology for greater performance, energy efficiency, and code density. It includes the first implementation of the Neon multimedia extensions to accelerate media codecs such as H.264 and MP3.

The processor also includes Jazelle-RCT Java-acceleration technology to optimize just in time and dynamic adaptive compilation, and reduce memory footprint by up to three times.

“The rapid evolution of wireless and consumer products is demanding greater processing performance, combined with exceptional power efficiency and system security, to deliver exciting new features and services to end users,” said Warren East, chief executive of ARM, in a statement. “TI was our first silicon partner to license and implement the technology in its upcoming wireless designs.”

The Cortex-A8 processor is available for licensing from ARM now.

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