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ARM Readying Quad-core 1.2 GHz Chips for 2012, More Goodies in 2011

The folks of EETimes have managed to get hold of an internal Samsung document showing ARM’s roadmap for the next couple of years. This list includes ARM chips for smartphones and netbooks, some of them very powerful, as you can see below.

This year, we’ll see ARM launching the Taurus single core Cortex-A8 1GHz CPU, while in 2011 they’ll launch 4 new models: Mercury, a single core Cortex-A5 unit with 600 MHz speed, Orion, a dual core Cortex-A9 (800 MHz), Pegasus, a 1GHz single core Cortex-A9 and finally Hercules, a dual core 1GHz Cortex-A9 processor.

2012 and 2013 will be interesting for netbook users, since they’ll witness the launch of the Venus dual core 600 MHz Cortex-A5 CPU, followed by the Draco processor, that’s a 1.2GHz dual core Cortex-A9 unit. The icing on the cake will be the Aquila processor, a quad core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9. Let’s just hope that Apple doesn’t buy ARM, as rumoured, since they’ll probably keep all innovations for themselves.

[via wmpoweruser]