The Cortex-A12 processor is bringing high performance into the mid-range and its efficiency profile makes it an ideal choice for thermally restricted mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
The Cortex-A12 processor is based on the widely adopted ARMv7-A architecture and offers backwards compatibility to the Cortex-A15, Cortex-A7 and Cortex-A9 processors and allows existing applications to operate seamlessly on Cortex-A12 processor-based SoCs. The Cortex-A12 is an attractive next step for the Cortex-A9 designs in the market place today as a standalone solution. Future variants will be big.LITTLE compatible and allow big.LITTLE configuration with the high-efficiency Cortex-A7 processor.
The Cortex-A12 microarchitecture consists of a high-performance, high-efficiency pipeline, which delivers significant performance increase over today’s mid-range devices while maintaining uncompromised battery life expected in this market. Tightly integrated NEON™/FPU units, integrated L2 cache with optional reliability features, peripheral port for low-latency peripheral accesses and an Accelerator Coherency Port (ACP) are just some features available in the Cortex-A12 processor making it an ideal choice for the mid-range mobile market, and other consumer centric applications.
The Cortex-A12 processor is designed for mobile, but fits into many other use-cases, for example:
- Smartphones, Tablets
- Digital TV
- Home Networking
- Other consumer applications