A7’s silicon core is only one-fifth of the size of conventional processors, reducing the cost of smartphones
Semiconductor company ARM has launched a new processor, the Cortex A7, which the company claims will result in the manufacturing of cheaper smartphones.
According to the BBC, "the ultra-efficient chip" can be paired with more powerful processors in a "hybrid" model to reduce power use.
At present, a bulk (95%) of the world’s smartphones use ARM’s designs. The new chip is expected to help reduce cost of smartphones in both developing and developed countries. The A7 processor consumes less battery power than conventional processors, and is believed to offer comparable power to current chips at a fraction of the price.
The BBC said that the A7’s silicon core is only one-fifth of the size of conventional processors. This allows a reduced production price, according to ARM chief executive Warren East.
East told the BBC, "You typically make chips on a silicon wafer and it costs roughly the same amount of money for each wafer. If you can get 2,000 devices on a wafer or 1,000 devices on a wafer it makes a huge difference to the cost per device."
"We can see the developed world moving on and mobile being the nexus for all sort of consumer electronics. In the Bric countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) we are seeing catch-up.
"As we look forward these smartphones are going to be totally ubiquitous and in the much less developed areas, such as Africa, you will see smartphones becoming tools that people use to make their lives easier," said East.