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ARM Processor Overview

ARM is the industry's leading provider of 32-bit embedded RISC microprocessors, offering a wide range of processors based on a common architecture and delivering high performance together with low power consumption and system cost.

ARM processors are licensed by the majority of the word's leading semiconductor manufacturers, who together have shipped in excess of ten billion processors since the company was formed in 1990 .

The ARM processor range provides solutions for:

  • Open platforms running complex operating systems for wireless, consumer and imaging applications.
  • Embedded real-time systems for mass storage, automotive, industrial and networking applications.
  • Secure applications including smart cards and SIMs.

The Processor Selection Guide lists the key features of each ARM processor. The ARM Connected Community now provides a wealth of standard development tools, operating systems, optimized application software, and design services which together ensure rapid time to market for ARM processor-based designs.

Processor Families

With performance up to 2000 MIPS with the CortexTM-A8 processor, power consumption figures measured in microwatts per Megahertz, the industry's broadest feature set, and full architectural compatibility, the ARM processor range provides solutions for open platforms in wireless, consumer and imaging applications, embedded real-time systems for storage, automotive, industrial and networking applications, and secure applications for smart cards and SIM cards.

There are currently eight product families which make up the ARM processor range:

Further implementations of the ARM architecture are available from our Partners such as the Intel® XScale™ microarchitecture