ARM has designed a core for LTE Advanced Pro and 5G handsets.
The ARM Cortex-R8 processor is available for licensing now and silicon is expected in 2016.
A quad-core configuration 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 revolutionise mobile communications as it delivers the ability to significantly increase data rates, offering a far better mobile experience,” says ARM’s James McNiven. “The Cortex-R8 is the most powerful real-time CPU available.
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, says the company, allowing developers to extend their real-time product ranges based on a single CPU architecture.