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ARM is at the heart of Gaming technology, enabling our silicon partners to integrate the IP functionality into a single System On Chip (SOC). Designers are free to choose from a family of Processors, Graphics Processors, System IP and Physical IP that provide the best performance, cost and power optimization.
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Optimized ARM Gaming Platform Block Diagram

Optimized ARM Gaming Platform Reference Design
 


The Gaming Platform can be either a portable or a home residential console. Regardless, the function and complexity have increased for both. The performance profile of the typical Gaming Platform is increasing due to:
  • more complex and media rich gaming content
  • Internet connectivity
  • longer battery life for portable units
  • lower dynamic and standby power consumption
  • all with decreased cost constraints

ARM processors are the main processor and controller in game machines. Portable game machines require extremely efficient operation due to battery life requirements.

ARM is an excellent fit for this market as it leads in mW/MHz and performance per silicon size.

Low power and high performance is also critical in Console game machines. The latest Cortex-A9 applications processor is capable of running at up to 2 GHz per core, and, in a dual configuration, can deliver 10,000 DMIPS in a 1.9 W power consumption envelope.

  • ARM NEON technology accelerates software audio and video CODECs downloaded from the internet.
  • ARM TrustZone technology provides the underlying foundation for strong security enabling DRM and payment services.
  • ARM CoreSight technology eases SoC and board bring-up and speeds time-to-market by enabling real-time high-speed trace of the multiple on-chip processors within a SoC.
  • ARM AMBA Interconnect maximizes the ARM CPU performance by providing a low-latency path to memory whilst its QoS (quality-of-service) feature balances the system loads within the SOC.
  • ARM Physical Logical IP, including Standard Cell Libraries and Power Management Kits at 28 nm to 65 nm, reduce cost and power usage by minimizing silicon area and leakage, while optimizing performance.
  • ARM Physical IP Embedded Memory at 28 nm to 65 nm creates the high-density on-chip memories on a SoC that can exceed 1 MByte today. The resultant memories, optimized for both performance and power, offer fault tolerance to increase manufacturing yields.
  • ARM Physical IP DDR PHY enables robust off-chip memory interface performance at high clock-speed and low power.

Additionally, the ARM Connected Community provides a wide range of OS, Middleware and tools support for all ARM IP.

 


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