Processors based on ARM’s new Cortex-A72 designs may not be shipping yet, but the company is already working on the technology that will eventually replace high-end designs… as well as its mid-range and entry-level designs.

A series of leaked slides could provide an early look at ARM’s roadmap for the next year or two.

arm roadmap

According to the slides, ARM’s highest-performance chips will use a 10nm manufacturing processor. The upcoming “Ares” chip will be a relatively power-hungry chip for ARM, with up to 1.2 watts of power consumed by each processor core. The slide says these chips will be designed for servers, notebooks, and large tablets.

More efficient “Prometheus” and “Artemis” chips are aimed at smartphones and tablets, and use around 600 to 750 mW per core. These chips will be replacements for processors based on current ARM Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A15 designs.

Replacing the more energy-efficient Corex-A17 and Cortex-A53 processors will be new chips code-named “Ananke” and “Mercury,” and they’ll use 100-250 mW per core and 50-150mW, respectively. These chips will be used for entry and mid-range devices, wearables, and as the low-power companion cores for higher-performance cores in chips that use ARM’s big.LITTLE technology.

Keep in mind, ARM creates designs for processors but the company doesn’t actually produce its own chips. Look to companies like Qualcomm, Samsung, and NVIDIA to launch new processors based on these designs in the coming years.

via Fudzilla

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5 replies on “ARM’s plans for 10nm chips may have just leaked”

  1. With phone display sizes effectively stopping at 6inch, I am not sure how much extra processing power can give a meaningful benefit. I enjoy watching video on my tablet, but with my phone I need to hold it much closer to my eyes (and that is not comfortable). Non-phone use is even trickier. Even if an ARM SOC had the same processing power as PS4/XBOXONE, and was 1/4 the power and size, it might not sell as well as an established console.

    I compared browsing speed against a Nexus 7 (2013) and a Nexus 9… for the pages I normally view there is no meaning speed difference. I can see why Qualcomm has cut it’s revenue forecast for 2015.

    1. I just want a phone with a bigger battery. I don’t care about it being thin. If the phone is thin, I know what that means – they put too small of a battery in it.

    1. GPL violating partners. Linaro can’t be trusted. Binary blobs everywhere.

      As an enthusiast, they are the worst choice. I never thought I’d say this but I’m glad Intel exists.

      1. Don’t be jealous Nocker, you know Demetrius is right.

        Poor Intel is probably still having a hard time trying to catch up with ARM designs today.

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