ARM has unveiled its lowest-power chip design based on ARMv8 architecture. The company says its new Cortex-A32 processor technology is 25 percent more efficient than its older Cortex-A7 chip design and 30 percent more efficient than a Cortex-A5 chip.
In other words, it can offer better performance while consuming less power.
Interestingly, while the new chip is based on the same ARMv8 technology as 64-bit chips like the Cortex-A53, Cortex A-57, and Cortex-A72, the Cortex-A32 processor is a 32-bit chip.
Perhaps that’s because this processor is aimed at low-power, embedded devices such as Internet of Things gateways, wearables, or industrial devices. You probably won’t see these chips in smartphones or tablets anytime soon.
ARM says the processor can be configured in single to quad-core configurations and can use as little as 4mW of power when running at 100 MHz or about 75 mW when running at 1 GHz.
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