First Quad-Core ARM Processor


Before you know it, we'll be having dedicated graphics on our handhelds!

Embedded chip maker Marvell had a surprisingly large presence at CES 2010, but a visit to its stand soon revealed why - it's got a lot to talk about. What caught our eye were its ARM based SoCs, which look like giving the likes of Qualcomm, NVIDIA and Broadcom a run for their money.

The most eye-catching of all was the announcement that Marvell has developed a quad-core processor based on the ARM instruction set. Like Qualcomm, it seem to have done the rest of the architecture design itself, and has not had to license ARM's Cortex A9 design, which appears, for example, in NVIDIA's second generation Tegra SoC.