You may remember that in June of last year processor juggernaut ARM announced the Cortex-A12 chip. Designed as a replacement for the Cortex-A9 yet offering up to 40 per cent more performance with the same energy expenditure, quad-core Cortex-A12 was seen as the ideal CPU for mainstream smartphones, tablets and smart TVs in 2014 and 2015.

ARM estimates the mainstream market in 2015 to be worth upwards of 500m devices, so having decent CPU and GPU – and by inference System-on-Chip (SoC) – representation is a must. Now, however, ARM is updating its 2015 roadmap with a revised Cortex processor.

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