Chips based on ARM’x next-generation architecture are set to begin shipping soon, which means we could see smartphones, tablets, TV boxes, and other devices with ARMv8, 64-bit chips in the not-too-distant future.
But those devices will only be useful if they can run software designed to take advantage of the new architecture. So ARM, which normally designs chips but doesn’t build them, is offering developers a chance to try out some next-gen hardware.
Meet the company’s new Juno development platform.
The Juno board features a 6-core ARMv8 processor and ARM Mali-T624 graphics. It supports up to 8GB of 1600 MHz RAM and it pairs four ARM Cortex-A53 processor cores with 2 ARM Cortex-A57 cores in a big.LITTLE design.
Developers can use Linaro’s new 64-bit build of Android based on the Android Open Source Project code.
The Juno platform is aimed at hardware and software developers working on new products based on ARM’s latest designs: it’s not a consumer product, but it paves the way for future consumer devices.