ARM in Mobile

We are living in a post PC era where mobile devices are at the center of our lives. ARM is the market leader in providing processor IP and other key building blocks that enable the majority of mobile computing devices such as smartphones and tablets.

The market defining ARM® Cortex®-A 32-bit and 64-bit processors are at the heart of the mobile application processors. ARM Mali™ graphics and video processors deliver the most power efficient and visually stunning user experiences on the latest high-resolution displays. ARM big.LITTLE™ technology enables the highest processing performance while maximizing the battery life, bringing the most energy efficient mobile devices to the market today. ARM IP offers the flexibility needed to address all market segments and the ability for Silicon partners to target the precise needs of particular markets and product categories without the need to compromise on cost, power or performance.

ARM licenses its market leading mobile IP to the world's leading semiconductor companies. ARM's business model drives diversity in products spanning all markets, from high-end premium devices, mid-tier mainstream, emerging entry level as well as the new and fast emerging wearable segment. Since the majority of smartphone, tablets and wearables run on the ARM architecture, it brings the most widely adopted standard in processors maximizing software compatibility across all major mobile operating systems such as Android™, Android Wear, Chrome OS, and Windows.

ARM TrustZone® processor technology brings hardware enabled security to mobile. In today's connected world, consumers need to know their data is secure and applications such as contactless payments, mobile banking and secure content distribution drive the need to the heart of the device. ARM built TrustZone technology from the hardware up, which guarantees security and peace of mind, enabling the trusted mobile economy.

Connecting your digital lives: ARM enabling 'The Route to 5G'

The complexity of smartphones is not often fully appreciated. Today, the average smartphone contains more than 10 ARM-based processors 'under the hood', managing functions such as touch screen, sensor processing, location/positioning, camera, graphics and the ever growing plethora of connectivity standards, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth™ and 4G LTE. 

The wireless industry is gearing-up to standardize the next generation of mobile broadband services, or so called '5G', as well as continuously evolve existing 4G LTE Advanced Pro technology to better serve the billions of worldwide smartphone users who have come to rely on the mobile internet as their primary compute platform.  The route to 5G is likely to be long, with early devices appearing around the year 2020 and mainstream adoption in 2022 and beyond.  How 5G will influence our digital lives remains to be seen, but ARM is already working closely with its partners to deliver on the vision.  ARM specifically designed its Cortex-R8 real-time processor to enable a new breed of LTE Advanced Pro and early 5G multi-Gigabit devices while keeping power efficiency at the heart of its design. 

5G promises a lot, but as a standard is not yet even defined. We look forward to 5G unlocking the next 20 years of digital services bringing new and enhanced use cases to our everyday lives.  To learn more about how ARM is enabling the future of mobile, download our Route to 5G ARM Whitepaper.


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Premium devices use leading edge technology bringing the highest user experience to consumers. Ultra-high resolution displays, immersive gaming, image recognition and augmented reality are all possible. Energy efficient 64-bit ARM Cortex CPUs deliver engaging user experiences whilst not compromising on battery life. ARM Mali GPUs bring visually stunning and immersive gaming to ultra high definition devices.

Advanced compute capability such as GPU compute brings compelling new features to mobile devices that were previously the preserve of traditional platforms. Photo and video editing, advanced image recognition and augmented reality rendering are now all possible on your mobile device.

Gigabit connectivity such as WiGIG can bring up to 7Gbps connectivity, this is driving new use cases like wireless docking and high speed content sharing. ARM Cortex-R family of processors can be found at the heart of the wireless broadband revolution, enabling Gigabit connectivity and rapid content sharing.

ARM’s market leading IP spans all form factors and device types from smartphones and 'phablets' through to ultra-high definition tablets and clamshell devices bringing you the connected, always-on mobile experience.


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