ARM1136 Processor

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The ARM1136™ processors feature the ARMv6 instruction set with media extensions, Thumb® code compression technology, and an optional floating-point coprocessor. The ARM1136 is a mature core that is widely deployed as an applications processor in mobile and consumer applications.

High performance in low-cost AMBA AHB-based designs

Low risk and fast time to market

Compelling end-user experience

  • Significant uplift over ARM926EJ-S™ processor in integer performance, media codecs, and OS performance
  • Supported by broad ARM software ecosystem

The ARM1136 is software compatible with earlier ARM cores, and with the ARM and Thumb instructions from the latest ARM Cortex-A series processors. ARM1136 does not support Neon or Thumb-2 instructions from the Cortex-A series. Recommended for new applications processor and SoC designs, the Cortex-A5 processor delivers higher performance at lower power in less area than the ARM1136 or ARM1176..

Shown below is a selection of standard benchmarks, indicating the performance improvement when moving from an ARM926EJ-S™ to an ARM1136J-S™ processor. Similar performance gains over ARM9™ family cores are achieved with ARM1176™ and ARM11MPCore™ processors, and in cases where memory performance is critical even higher performance is achieved relative to ARM9 family processors.
Dhrystone (per MHz) 1.06 1.18 1.11
EEMBCv1,v2 (per MHz) 1.09
MP3 (MHz) 19.94 18.17 1.10
MPEG4 Encode (MHz) 79.8 42.6 1.87
MPEG4 Decode (MHz) 12.6 9.8 1.29
FFT 16-bit 1.6
FFT 32-bit 1.4
Average (Geo Mean) 1.33

Architecture ARMv6
Dhrystone Performance 1.25 DMIPS/MHz
Multicore No - Single core only
ISA Support
Memory Management Memory Management Unit
Debug & Trace CoreSight ARM11 Design Kit


ARM1136 Key Features

Performance features enable excellent end-user experience

  • 610 MHz (TSMC 90G) with conservative design
  • 1 GHz+ in 65G/40G with design optimizations
  • Low latency mode for interrupt responsiveness TCM for easy ARM9 migration, real-time demands
  • Physically addressed caches for multi-tasking
  • Broad OS support, multiple Linux distributions
  • SIMD Media Support, Jazelle DBX for Java
  • Power Management Modes: Run, Standby, Dormant, Shutdown

Product maturity enables rapid time to market and low risk

  • Well proven technology in wide range of applications
  • CoreSight debug offering unrivalled system visibility
  • Comprehensive range of development tools from ARM and from third parties
  • Range of Reference methodologies supplied

Other Product Features

Vector Floating Point Unit

  • ARM1136JF-S also provides a
    • Vector Floating Point Unit IEEE 754 compliant
    • Single and double precision operands
    • Large independent register file
    • 64-bit Load / Store interface
    • Support for scalar and vector operations (ideal for FP DSP)
    • Parallel Load/store, Multiply-Accumulate, and DIV/SQRT execution engines
    • Run-fast exception handling mode for deterministic execution time
    • Low implementation cost
      • Adds around 22% to the Core logic area
      • No additional RAM requirements
      • Integrated clock-gating
      • Does not consume dynamic power when not being used

Memory Interface

  • AMBA AHB bus architecture
  • 64-bit wide busses
  • Dedicated DMA port to TCMs
  • Multiple Level-2 interfaces to allow flexibility of system design
  • 32-bit peripheral port for local (low-bandwidth) peripherals
  • Access selected by MMU attribute
  • Compatible with multi-layer AHB approach

Cortex Alternative

The Cortex™-A5 processor is a related follow-on product to the ARM1136 and ARM1176. The Cortex-A5 processor offers similar speed to ARM11™ processors, at lower power and smaller die area, with the ARMv7 benefits of NEON™, and TrustZone®, as well as an advanced AMBA® AXI™ bus. Cutting edge new SoC designs for are starting now based on the ARM Cortex-A5 processor, however some SoC designs are still starting with ARM1136 processor where cost, minimal risk, migration from existing AMBA AHB-bus designs, and product maturity are important considerations.

ARM1136 Related Products

The ARM1136 processor is commonly integrated with many other IP blocks to optimize the SoC for power and performance.

System IP

System IP components are essential for building complex system on chips and by utilizing ARM System IPcomponents developers can significantly reduce development and validation cycles, saving cost and reducing time to market

Description AMBA Bus System IP
Interconnect IP AHB NIC-301
DMA Controller AHB PL230
Level 2 Cache Controller AHB L2C-210
Dynamic Memory Controller AHB PL241
DDR Dynamic Memory Controller AHB PL245
Static Memory Controller AHB PL241
CoreSight Design Kit ATB CDK-11

Media Processors
The Mali™ family of products combine to provide the complete graphics stack for all embedded graphics needs, enabling device manufacturers and content developers to deliver the highest quality, cutting edge graphics solutions across the broadest range of consumer devices.
Mali-200 GPU High performance graphical processor providing advanced 2D and 3D acceleration. Supports OpenGL ES 2.0
Mali-55 GPU Entry-level graphic processor offering high quality graphics with minimal area and power. Supports OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenVG 1.0

Physical IP
ARM Physical IP Platforms deliver process optimized IP, for best-in-class processor implementations of the ARM1136 at 90 nm and 65 nm and below.
Standard Cell Logic Libraries Available in a variety of different architectures ARM Standard Cell Libraries support a wide performance range for all types of SoC designs. Designers can choose between different libraries and optimize their designs for speed, power and/or area
Memory Compilers and Registers A broad array of silicon proven SRAM, Register File and ROM memory compilers for all types of SoC designs ranging from performance critical to cost sensitive and low power applications.
Interface Libraries A broad portfolio of silicon-proven Interface IP designed to meet varying system architectures and standards. General Purpose I/O, Specialty I/O, High Speed DDR and Serial Interfaces are optimized to deliver high data throughput performance with low pin counts.

Tools Support

The ARM RealView® portfolio of development tools supports all ARM processors as well as a wide range of third party tools, operating system and EDA vendors. ARM RealView tools are unique in their ability to provide solutions that span the complete development process from concept to final product deployment.

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