ARM reveals Cortex-R8 developments, aims at 5G baseband design-ins

February 19, 2016 // By EDN
Next generation LTE Advanced Pro and 5G mobile baseband standards and mass storage applications will, ARM says, exploit its Cortex-R8 processor for its high performance and real-time features

ARM expects the Cortex-R8 processor to enable chip designers to double the performance of ARM-based modem and mass storage device SoCs. ARM’s latest real-time CPU offers low latency, high performance and power efficiency appropriate to future 5G modems and mass storage devices. The processor is available for licensing now and silicon is expected in 2016.

A quad-core configuration boosts the total Cortex-R8 performance, which has been optimised for real time features and extended low-latency memory; James McNiven, general manager, CPU Group, ARM, comments, “The Cortex-R8 is the most powerful real-time CPU available and its unrivalled performance will make it instrumental in the creation of 5G modems. It will form the communications heart of future smartphones, tablets, connected cars and IoT.”

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, allowing developers to extend their real-time product ranges based on a single CPU architecture.