Mobile chipmaker ARM has announced its next generation Cortex-A35 processor, which it promises will also be made available for smartwatches. The new 64-bit processor features extra scalability capabilities, allowing it to replace the current existing Cortex-A7 processors on the market; but also be scaled back for inclusion in wearable devices.
The Cortex-A35 is said to be more powerful than the Cortex-A7, which is to be expected from a replacement. Performance improves by about 20-percent, while power consumption dips to 90mW per core when operating at 1GHz. Naturally these numbers will differ somewhat in real world use. ARM expects the new processor to ship in late 2016, which is still a rather long way off.
It feels like November is the month to announce new mobile processors, with both Qualcomm and Huawei also announcing new chips this month. Among these new processors, Huawei’s new Kirin 950 is set to be the first out of the door and will be appearing in the upcoming Huawei Mate 8.