Chip designer ARM is behind the basic designs found in most smartphones on the market today as well as a number of tablets and smartbooks. Right now the top speed for most ARM chips is 1GHz, although faster chips with dual core processors are due out next year. That’s just the tip of the iceberg though.
Today ARM unveiled plans for the new Cortex-A15 architecture, which will support those new single and dual core chips up to 1.5GHz… and also quad core chips up to 2.5GHz.
Cortex-A15 processors can be manufactured using 32nm and 28nm processes. The chips are aimed at smartphones, tablets, mobile computers, and home entertainment systems. The chips will support hardware OS virtualization and up to 1TB of RAM. They’ll support Android, Windows Embedded Compact 7, Symbian, Ubuntu Linux, Java, Adobe Flash, and other software platforms.
The ARM Cortex-A15 technology is available to license today, although we probably won’t start seeing chips based on the architecture for a while.