ARM's Cortex family will welcome three new additions in 2010, EETimes reports. Currently all we have are codenames to go on, but these will include 'Eagle,' which will be a high-performance Cortex A-class part, 'Heron,,' an embedded and real-time Cortex R-class chip, and 'Merlin,' a novel core for ARM's Cortex-M series.
"Lead licensing is in place on all of them. We are within about 18 months of finishing the designs," said Warren East, chief executive officer of ARM.
East went on to say that the three new processors are being designed to offer different, rather than better performance.
"In all three cases, they will sit alongside the existing products for some time to come," East added.
Even so, the Eagle core will sit above the Cortex-A9 as ARM's flagship processor in terms of performance. Expect to see Eagle in a variety of devices, including smartphones, mobile computing, digital televisions, and communications infrastructure applications.
Garage bands, practiced shower singers, local sensations, and other unsigned artists can now get paid through Last.fm's Artist Royalty Progam (ARP). Last.fm announced the service back in a January, and this week the service went live. More than 450,000 tracks have been uploaded to coincide with the launch, and independent artists who register and upload tunes can start accruing royalties any time their songs get played through the site's ad-supported streaming music feature or Web radio.
Martin Stiksel, Last.fm co-founder, said "This is a bid day for independent artists. We're leveling the playing field by offering them the same opportunities as established bands to make money from their music. The young musician making music in a bedroom studio has the same chance as the latest major label signing to use Last.fm to build an audience and get rewarded. The Artist Royalty Program is another revolutionary step towards helping musicians take control of their music -- and, more importantly, make a living from it."
Click through the jump to find out who's urging indie labels to steer clear of the royalty program.