Posted: June 12, 2012

TOKYO–Renesas Electronics Corporation and Renesas Mobile Corporation have licensed the ARM® Cortex™-A7 MPCore™ and ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore™ processors. Deployed in ARM’s big.LITTLE™ configuration, the processors will enable Renesas Mobile to create a new generation of turbo charged applications processors, communications processors and LTE / HSPA+ multi-mode smartphone platforms with ultra-high performance and extended battery life.

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“Low power processing is at the core of ARM’s heritage. The introduction of big.LITTLE processing builds on this heritage to address the challenge of providing optimum performance as well as the always-on, always connected experience consumers expect”

ARM big.LITTLE processing is a flexible approach that redefines the traditional power and performance relationship by enabling applications software to be seamlessly switched between the two processor clusters; one for high performance functions and one that delivers maximum power efficiency. Renesas Mobile customers will gain from the high performance benefits of the ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processor combined with the energy-efficiency of the Cortex-A7 processor. By selecting the optimum processor cluster for each task big.LITTLE processing can reduce energy consumption of the main processor by up to 70 percent, and can allow a more responsive, faster user experience using less power than current high end smartphones.

Shinichi Yoshioka, senior executive vice president and COO at Renesas Mobile, commented: “The market demands ever increasing performance in low power devices and Renesas Mobile is well placed to deliver world-beating application processors and communications processors. Our skills lie in systems design and the integration and optimization of highly complex, LTE multi-mode cellular System-on-Chips. Our smart design approach and ARM’s leading processors with big.LITTLE processing is a winning combination.”

“Low power processing is at the core of ARM’s heritage. The introduction of big.LITTLE processing builds on this heritage to address the challenge of providing optimum performance as well as the always-on, always connected experience consumers expect,” said Simon Segars, executive vice president and general manager, processor and physical IP divisions, ARM. “We are pleased to extend our long-standing relationship with Renesas and help them develop innovative and differentiated solutions based on the latest ARM technology.”

Renesas Mobile’s long experience with ARM processors has resulted in some of the most efficient implementations on the market today in terms of power and size. A dual-core A9 implementation drives the Renesas Mobile MP5232, the world’s first LTE Cat-4 capable mobile platform. This communications processor combines Renesas Mobile’s world’s fastest triple mode (LTE, DC-HSPA+ and GSM) modem with the application processor on a single die reducing space, power and product cost.

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