Adoption of ARM big.LITTLE Technology Accelerates

  Adoption of ARM big.LITTLE Technology Accelerates

SevenARM® Partners Set to Launch Systems Based on ARM big.LITTLE™ Technology
                                   in 2013

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K. -- February 26, 2013

ARM today unveiled that its big.LITTLE processing technology has been adopted
by many of the world’s leading mobile chip manufacturers. Samsung and Renesas
Mobile have already announced their plans, and subsequent implementations will
be revealed during 2013 by five more companies including CSR, Fujitsu
Semiconductor and MediaTek. ARMbig.LITTLE technology saves up to 70 percent
of processor energy consumption in common mobile workload tasks, essential as
the performance of the smartphone has jumped by 60x since 2000 and 12x since
2008, causing a massive increase in both content generation and consumption.

With tablets and smartphones out-shipping PCs and some 1 billion smartphones
expected to ship in 2013, there is an explosive growth in smart mobile
devices. Users now want a richer mobile experience, and it is low-power
technologies like big.LITTLE that are making previously impossible experiences
possible - such as instantaneous browsing, console-quality gaming and days,
rather than hours, of battery life.

ARM big.LITTLE processing technology addresses the challenge of creating a
system-on-chip (SoC) that meets the diverse needs of smartphones and other
mobile devices. These conflicting demands require a smartphone to deliver
high-performance when needed, while also extending the battery life. ARM
big.LITTLE technology increases the dynamic performance range and energy
efficiency of the mobile device while being completely transparent to the
extensive range of applications available today for ARM processor-based

The big.LITTLE solution pairs the industry’s highest performance Cortex™-A15
processor, delivering up to 2x more performance than today’s smartphones, with
the ultra-efficient Cortex-A7 processor and the ARM CoreLink™ Cache Coherent
Interconnect (CCI-400), which together enable devices to seamlessly use the
right processor for the right task based on performance requirements to
deliver the best user experience and optimal energy usage. Future
implementations may also pair the Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 processors.

This is complemented by ARM system-wide IP including: POP™IP – core-hardening
acceleration technology tostreamline the implementation of
big.LITTLEtechnology SoCs at advanced process technology nodes; Development
Studio 5 (DS-5™) debug and analysis tools, and Active Assist design services.

“big.LITTLE processor technology builds on ARM low-power leadership and sets a
new standard for high performance and energy-efficient processing. By reducing
processor energy consumption by up to 70 percent on common workloads,
big.LITTLE technology enables users to do more with their smartphones for
longer,” said Simon Segars, president, ARM. “As smartphones and tablets
continue to evolve into users' primary compute device, our partners are
increasingly looking to ARM for innovations to help them deliver performance
as well as the always-on, always-connected service their customers expect."

“In addition to being suitable for smartphones and mobile computing devices,
ARM big.LITTLE technology enables the development of powerful, yet low power
consumption SoC for a broad range of embedded applications,” said Mitsugu
Naito, executive vice president, Advanced Products BU, Fujitsu Semiconductor
Limited. “Our SoC development expertise coupled with ARM big.LITTLE processing
technology will provide the market with the combined performance and low power
required for the next generation of innovative embedded products.”

“big.LITTLE processing is the next logical extension after symmetric
multi-processing to increase performance in a mobile device within the same
power budget,” said Johan Lodenius, chief marketing officer, MediaTek. “We
look forward to extending the capabilities of our extremely successful
multi-core chipsets through the use of big.LITTLE processing, bringing new
experiences to smartphones.”

“The mobile device market is demanding ever increasing performance and Renesas
Mobile is well placed to deliver world-beating smartphone platforms based on
highly integrated communications processors and application processors to meet
this need,” commented Shinichi Yoshioka, senior executive vice president &
chief operating officer, Renesas Mobile. “Our smart design approach and ARM’s
big.LITTLE processing will provide the mobile device market with the combined
performance and battery life it needs to satisfy the growth in mobile

“In an era when smartphones and tablets are evolving into the user’s primary
compute device, Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa, as the industry-first big.LITTLE
enabled application processor, will drive innovation to bring outstanding user
experience by handling diverse mobile workloads while also being optimized for
power consumption,” said Tae-Hoon Kim, vice president of System LSI marketing,
Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics.

“Data usage is dramatically increasing as the mobile internet becomes more
accessible for customers. As such we’re seeing the consumption of HD content
and multimedia services increase and new connected experiences emerge,” said
Yves Maitre, senior vice president, Mobile Multimedia and Devices, Orange. “To
make the most of the advances in high-speed mobile networks, operators and
device manufacturers need to have high-performance, energy-efficient
processing power, such as ARM Cortex processors and big.LITTLE technology, to
continue the growth in the connected device market and create new

“Battery consumption is an important factor with the use of smartphones,
especially with the exponential growth of data use that we are seeing today.
ARM Cortex processors and big.LITTLE processing have great potential to help
increase smartphone performance and energy efficiency,” commented Von
McConnell, Director at Sprint.

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