ARM Cortex-R8 Processor Trail-blazes 5G Need for Speed


Next generation LTE Advanced Pro and 5G mobile baseband standards and
mass storage applications will use the new ARM
® Cortex ®-R8
processor for its high performance and real-time features

The new ARM
Cortex-R8 processor
will enable chip designers to double the
performance of ARM-based modem and mass storage device SoCs. ARM’s
latest real-time CPU offers the low latency, high performance and power
efficiency demanded by future 5G modems and mass storage devices. The
processor is available for licensing now and silicon is expected in 2016.

A quad-core configuration dramatically boosts the total Cortex-R8
performance, which when combined with its real time features and
extended low-latency memory makes Cortex-R8 the highest performing
processor in its class.

“5G will revolutionize mobile communications as it delivers the ability
to significantly increase data rates, offering a far better mobile
experience,” said James McNiven, general manager, CPU Group, ARM. “The
Cortex-R8 is the most powerful real-time CPU available and its
unrivalled performance will make it instrumental in the creation of 5G
modems. It will form the communications heart of future smartphones,
tablets, connected cars and IoT.”

ARM has been the number one CPU architecture in cellular modems since
the first generation of GSM devices in the 1990s. It has formed the
backbone of more than 20 billion cellular devices worldwide and
continues to do so in the latest smartphones and connected IoT products
that will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.

“The ARM architecture is the trusted standard for real-time
high-performance processing in modems,” said Daniel Diao, deputy general
manager, Turing Processor Business Unit, Huawei. “As a leader in
cellular technology, Huawei is already working on 5G solutions and we
welcome the significant performance uplift the Cortex-R8 will deliver.
We expect it to be widely deployed in any device where low latency and
high performance communication is a critical success factor.”

ARM silicon partners have already begun design work. SoCs based on the
Cortex-R8 targeting the mass storage market segment are likely to be
available in 2016. Modem designs using Cortex-R8 processors will support
the rollout of the new LTE-Advanced Pro and 5G standards. The Cortex-R8
is also compatible with existing software so design cycles will be
reduced, allowing developers to extend their real-time product ranges
based on a single CPU architecture.


Notes to Editors

Cortex-R8 Support

Training for Cortex-R8 software
and hardware
is available to book online. For those migrating from an earlier
Cortex-R core, a custom
migration course
is available which can be delivered on demand to
enable the fastest possible start to a design project.

Further details about the new features and capabilities, and supporting
technology for the Cortex-R processor family can be found here.

The 5G Future

LTE-Advanced Pro and 5G are expected to meet the requirements of ever
increasing high data rates, low latency, and a large increase in
machine-to-machine and IoT communications. These requirements combined
with increased carrier aggregation, efficient use of fragmented
spectrum, and continued energy efficiency place significant demands on
future modems.

Cortex-R8 based SoCs enable future modems to meet the demand for more
efficient and scalable performance by employing a quad-core CPU
configuration, coherency system and rich set of memory and peripheral
interfaces. Cortex-R8 delivers the scalable performance, low power, fast
and highly deterministic interrupt response times and extremely
low-latency interfaces which will be required in all future mobile
broadband devices.

Next Generation Data Storage

ARM is the leading architecture for data storage SoC solutions with over
1.4Bn Cortex-R processors having been shipped in data storage and used
by all major HDD and SSD SoC suppliers. The Cortex-R8 extends the
company’s range by providing mass storage controller developers with the
performance, capability and efficiency vital for higher capacity and
faster data rates in hard and solid state drives across enterprise and
consumer storage solutions. Cortex-R8 enables this in a highly efficient
way by dynamically scaling performance as workload changes. The
Cortex-R8 includes a range of very low latency dedicated interfaces that
help ensure performance is extended through the SoC system.

About ARM

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Director of Product PR &
Analyst Relations
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and EMEA

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