Playing poker with applications processors: Can two ARM Cortex-A15 cores beat four ARM Cortex-A9 cores?

One maxim in the multicore biz is that more (processor cores) is better. Is that really true? All the time?

Two ARM Cortex-A15 processor cores in a TI OMAP 5 processor outperform four ARM Cortex-A9 cores

“No” says Texas Instruments. In connection with this weeks (MWC) Mobile World Congress neing held in Barcelona, Texas instruments has released a video showing that a yet-to-be-released OMAP 5 application processor based on two ARM Cortex-A15 processor cores clocking at 800MHz runs through a Web browser torture test/obstacle course more than twice as fast as a competing brand’s application processor based on four ARM Cortex-A9 cores clocking at 1.3GHz.

Now that’s a mighty impressive result and it say a lot about both the radical nature of the ARM Cortex-A15 processor core and the system architecture of the OMAP 5 SoC.

Here’s the video:

For more information about implementing the ARM Cortex-A15 processor core in your design, click here.

For more information on the ARM Cortex-A15 processor, try these previous EDA360 Insider blog posts:

Would you like some ARM Cortex-A15 resources to peruse?

The WORD on ARM’s big.LITTLE Cortex-A15/A7 design philosophy from Jack Ganssle, a leading expert and consultant on embedded design and firmware development

Realizing the ARM Cortex-A15: What does the road to 2.5GHz look like?

Want to know the secrets of implementing an ARM Cortex-A15 in an advanced process node? Read on!

ARM Cortex-A15—does this processor IP core need a new category…Superstar IP?


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EDA360 Evangelist and Marketing Director at Cadence Design Systems (blog at
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