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ARM and Broadcom Ink Licensing Agreement for ARM Cortex -A9 Processor
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October 08, 2009

ARM and Broadcom Ink Licensing Agreement for ARM Cortex -A9 Processor

By Anshu Shrivastava
TMCnet Contributor

ARM and Broadcom (News - Alert) Corp. have signed a major licensing agreement for the ARM (News - Alert) Cortex -A9 MPCore multicore processor.

“This latest agreement with a recognized market leader in wireless system integration demonstrates the continued market momentum for the ARM Cortex-A9 processor and ARM multicore technology,” Mike Inglis, executive vice president and general manager for Processor (News - Alert) Division at ARM, said.
Broadcom said that it intends to target the technology towards next-generation mobile, wireless and other consumer electronics applications. “This licensing agreement extends our ARM processor portfolio,” Nambi Seshadri, vice president and chief technology officer for Mobile Platforms and Wireless Connectivity Division at Broadcom, said.
Seshadri added that the flexibility and scalability of the Cortex-A9 processor enable the company to optimize development costs by addressing the requirements of wireless applications from a common core platform.
Thanks to the ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor’s scalable performance, developers can exceed the performance of today’s high-performance embedded devices while consuming “significantly” less power, ARM officials said.
The Cortex-A9 processor comes with power management features including adaptive gating, dynamic voltage and frequency scaling and the ability for each core to go independently into standby, and dormant or power-off energy management states.
Additionally, the Cortex-A9 MPCore processor can contain up to four independently configured, but fully coherent, cores carrying out multiple tasks on each one in parallel. The processor can be programmed as a single core processor by using one of the many SMP-aware operating systems.
A four-CPU Cortex-A9 processor cluster is capable of delivering 10,000 aggregate DMIPS when clocked at 1GHz. In order to increase performance and reduce power consumption at the system level, the Cortex-A9 processor supports system-level coherence with accelerators and DMA, said officials.
The agreement also includes ARM NEON Single Instruction, Multiple Data technology for the ARM Cortex-A series processors, designed to provide acceleration for feature-rich multimedia, gaming and compute intensive applications.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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