Chip maker ARM has announced a new mobile processor design which it claims will deliver desktop computer speeds to mobile phones and other portable devices.
The Cortex A8 has the potential to reach speeds of up to 1GHz, but efficiency has been maintained to eliminate power drain on mobile batteries, according to the Cambridge-based firm.
The design is built around 65-nanometre processor technology, bringing it into line with Intel and other chip builders which are moving to silicon fabrication at this scale.
"The performance specifications are truly stunning," said Will Strauss, president and principal analyst at market watcher Forward Concepts.
"The rapid convergence of digital entertainment and mobile comms technology requires new levels of system performance and security within a tight cost and power footprint.
"I expect that the Cortex A8 processor will ensure ARM's continued leadership in the portable electronics market."
The core design has already been licensed to five of the world's largest processor manufacturers. Products using the chips will be in mass circulation by 2008.
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