ARM Holdings has swayed tech buffs announcing the world’s most energy efficient processor, dubbed the Cortex-M0+. The new processor consumes just 9µA/MHz on an economical 90nm LP process. This amount of power is only one third of the energy a regular 8-or 16-bit processor really consumes. The Cortex-M0+ is a 32-bit processor, which in spite of its low-power factor performs quite superbly, ARM says.
ARM has specially designed the power-efficient microprocessor for use in smart control systems and intelligent sensors in different applications like medical monitoring, home appliances, motor control devices and much more. Amazingly enough, the ‘Internet of Things’ is to get a boost with the new low power processor technology. Internet of Things has been just a buzzword for a long time. Well, the latest member to ARM’s Cortex family will change the scenario.
The entire life of human is to undergo significant change with the growth of the concept of Internet of Things. Many analysts are of stern belief that the new ARM Cortex processors that consume less energy will ultimately result in the ‘Internetization’ of everything we use in our home and office from adaptive room lighting, motor controlling, to video gaming.
The chipmaker has built the new processor on the silicon-proven Cortex-M0. It has been licensed over fifty times by major silicon vendors in the world. ARM has redesigned the chip to add many brilliant features and capabilities. They include enhanced debug capability, single-cycle IO to expedite entry to GPIO and other peripherals, improved Flash accessibility besides the much-coveted less power consumption.