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ARM Cortex-A53

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The ARM Cortex-A53 is one of the first two microarchitectures implementing the ARMv8-A 64-bit instruction set designed by ARM Holdings. The Cortex-A53 is a superscalar processor, capable of dual-issuing some instructions.[1] It is available as SIP core to licensees, and was announced October 30th, 2012[2] and is marketed by ARM as either a stand-alone, more energy-efficient alternative to the more powerful Cortex-A57 microarchitecture, or to be used alongside a more powerful microarchitecture in a big.LITTLE configuration.

ARM Cortex-A53
Designed by ARM Holdings
Microarchitecture ARMv8-A
Cores 1–4 per cluster
L1 cache 8–64 KiB
L2 cache 128 KiB  2 MiB
Successor ARM Cortex-A55
Product code name(s)
  • Apollo



  • 8-stage pipelined processor with 2-way superscalar, in-order execution pipeline
  • DSP and NEON SIMD extensions are mandatory per core
  • VFPv4 Floating Point Unit onboard (per core)
  • Hardware virtualization support
  • TrustZone security extensions
  • 64-byte cache lines
  • 10-entry L1 TLB, and 512-entry L2 TLB
  • 4 KiB conditional branch predictor, 256-entry indirect branch predictor


The ARM Cortex-A53 processor has been used in the LeMaker HiKey since 2015[3] and Raspberry Pi 3 since February 2016.[4]

The Cortex-A53 is also used in a number of Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs.[5][6] Semi-custom derivatives of the Cortex-A53 have been used in the Kryo 260 CPU.[7]

The processor is used in the ODROID-C2[8] and in Roku streaming media players (in the high-end models from 2016 and in all 2017 models). Another notable Cortex-A53 application is the Pine A64/A64+ single-board computer.

These cores are used in a 24-core SoC, the Socionext SynQuacer SC2A11.

The processor is used in Amazon Fire tablets, like the Fire HD8.

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  1. ^ "Cortex-A53 Processor". ARM Holdings. Retrieved 2015-11-08. 
  2. ^ "ARM Launches Cortex-A50 Series, the World's Most Energy-Efficient 64-bit Processors". ARM Holdings. 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2018-03-15. 
  3. ^ "HiKey attends the ET Show in Japan 2015". LeMaker. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 2018-07-17. 
  4. ^ Upton, Eben (29 February 2016). "Raspberry Pi 3 on sale now at $35 - Raspberry Pi". Raspberry Pi. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  5. ^ Lal Shimpi, Anand (9 December 2013). "Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 410 based on 64-bit ARM Cortex A53". Anandtech. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  6. ^ Lal Shimpi, Anand (24 February 2014). "Snapdragon 610 & 615: Qualcomm Continues down its 64-bit warpath with 4/8-core Cortex A53 designs". Anandtech. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Snapdragon 660 Processor". Qualcomm. 
  8. ^ "en:c2_hardware [Odroid Wiki]". Retrieved 2017-03-26. 

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