ARM Unveils Cortex A-12 Processor For Smartphones, Claims It’s A ‘Generation Ahead of Atom’
ARM’s latest consists of an a Cortex-A12 processor with a Mali-T622 GPU and a Mali -V500 (which is a multi-core video solution that, among other things, fast encoding/decoding to better handle higher-resolution content).
ARM's market predictions
ARM says that the Cortex-A12 offers 40% more performance that the Cortex-A9 and does a better job handling big.LITTLE processing, home networking, and virtualization. The Mali GPU conforms to the OpenGL ES 3.0 standard and supports Renderscript and OpenCL APIs while offering performance approaching that of current high-end mobile devices and saving 50% of the energy over previous Mali-T600 series GPUs.
ARM Cortex-A12 architecture
We’ll have to wait for ARM’s partners to build solutions based on the above before we can test anything for ourselves, but the company expects devices built on it to hit the market in the middle of next year.