The ARM 11 MPCore chip is made on a 130nm process from IBM. It runs at 550MHz while using only 2.7mm² of silicon (without cache). Power consumption of the processor is rated at as little as 0.30mW/MHz.
“Rich media applications are an essential part of next-generation consumer products,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. “By embedding ARM technology in our next-generation products, we can leverage the strength of ARM technology as the application processor and deliver exciting new devices and media rich applications to consumers.”The companies said the processor delivers a memory performance of more than 1.3GB/s and scalability to over 2,600 Dhrystone 2.1 Mips of aggregate performance in a cache-coherent four-way configuration.
The ARM 11 MPCore can be used used in uni-processor, symmetric or asymmetric multiprocessor configurations. These kind of multi-core processors are gaining pace in the embedded and desktop processor world because they combine scalable high performance and lower power, according to Tom R. Halfhill from In-Stat's Microprocessor Report.