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New processor from ARM to bring cheaper smartphones

The ARM processor designs are being used in about 95 per cent smartphones across the world.

ARM, the UK based chip designer, has displayed a new processor, Cortex A7, which the company claims will bring forth a new generation of cheaper smartphones, dramatically cutting the current costs.

The company hopes to bring forth a mobile computing revolution with the help of new Cortex A7 in the price sensitive developing countries.

“As smartphones and tablets continue to evolve into users’ primary compute device, consumers are demanding performance as well as the always on, always connected service they expect. The challenge for our industry and the ARM ecosystem is how to deliver on this,” said Mike Inglis, executive vice president, processor division, ARM.

Currently, ARM processor designs are being used in about 95 percent smartphones across the world. ARM is expecting support on this technology from big companies like Samsung, LG, Texas Instruments and Nvidia.

Apple also uses the processor technology from ARM. The Cortex A7 processor will likely be used as the sole processor in future smartphones which will use less battery.

ARM expects the future smartphones would be priced around $100 (Rs 4,500). In countries where cheaper devices are not that much of an issue, the same processor Cortex A7 may be combined with other high end mobile processors to provide both energy efficiency and powerful features to the smarpthone users.

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