If you look back over the past year of smartphone development one of the most astonishing evolutions has been seen in the design and speed of system-on-a-chip processors deployed in handsets of all shapes and sizes. At the center of this has been ARM’s A series of processors, which serves as the basis of pretty much every smartphone and tablet chipset. First we got to 1GHz, a year later we had dual-core, and a year or so down the road we will see the next evolutionary step as ARM has shifted the roadmap for their next-gen A15 processor up from 2013 to late 2012. That is when we will see the first dual-core variants of that chip deployed in devices. Quad-core solutions are slated to launch in 2013.
The SoC boasts a performance improvement in the range of five times the power of the A9 chipset. NVIDIA, Samsung, ST-Ericsson, and Texas Instruments are already in line to license the A15 core and develop their own CPUs around it.