Mobile computing has seen a phenomenal rise. And at the core of the increasing performance is the mobile processor. ARM's recently unveiled four-core CPU clocking a 1GHz speed is an indication of the power packed future for mobile computing.
A quote from an article at CNN Money:
ARM [; ] today launched its new Cortex(TM)-A9 processors at the fourth annual ARM(R) Developers' Conference, in Santa Clara, California. The ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore(TM) multicore processor and ARM Cortex-A9 single core processor deliver unprecedented performance within tight power constraints for innovative devices that deliver superior overall functionality, such as smartphones, connected mobile computers, consumer electronics, automotive infotainment, networking and other embedded and enterprise devices.
The Cortex-A9 processors are compatible with previous ARM MPCore and cortex family processors. The enhanced power efficiency coupled with the graphics acceleration features is a good sign of things to come in the mobile computing domain.
ARM also recently partnered with several industry leaders for collaboration on a open source mobile OS environment. The move is aimed at calming the concerns of a fragmented mobile OS environment (RegHardware).