With the mid-range segment in the mobile market growing exponentially in the last couple of years, it is not surprising to see OEMs trying to take advantage of this boom. Today at Computex, ARM announced the Cortex-A12, its latest core technology aimed at mid-range smartphones and tablets. Also Read - Samsung working on a new Exynos SoC paired with AMD GPU to power its laptops
The Cortex-A12 is meant to replace the aging Cortex-A9 and claims to offer a 40 percent performance boost along with better battery life. It will be offered to manufacturers with Mali-T622 GPU and the Mali-V500 video engine, both of which should also offer better battery management and performance. Additionally, it also supports big.LITTLE computing, which allows manufacturers to install the Cortex-A12 along with Cortex-A7 cores. This essentially means that processes on the smartphone will be distributed among the cores based on their intensity. Also Read - MediaTek teases another premium chipset manufactured on the 6nm Process
ARM says that with the Cortex-A12 they aim at mid-range devices with around 580 million mobile devices in the segment expected to ship in the next two years. The first set of devices powered by Cortex-A12 will start arriving by mid-2014.