ARM announces Cortex A76 for 7nm

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Compared to a current Cortex-A75 (10 nm) running at 2.8 GHz, an A76 (7 nm) running at 3.0 GHz promises 35% higher performance and 40% better power efficiency. The vision of the A76 as a laptop-class processor had been emphasised throughout the TechDay presentation so it seems Arm is really taking advantage of the large performance boost of the IP to cater to new market segments such as the emerging "Always connected PCs" which Qualcomm is spearheading with their SoC platforms.

ARM has announced its next generation of CPU cores as the Cortex-A76 which was unveiled at an event in San Francisco earlier today. Rahul Prasad, a product manager for Google's Daydream VR and AR efforts, said the new GPU delivered console-quality graphics - and mobile users will be able to play for longer thanks to improved energy efficiency. On the other hand, the Mali-G76 GPU has been touted to facilitate "untethered gaming" and on-device machine learning (ML).

Key to the new performance heights is the "wide execution engine", claims Arm, as well as a dual texture mapper, preloading optimisations, and cache improvements.

The performance gains should be even greater in laptops, where ARM is promising a 2X improvement over current performance. The new architecture also offers fourfold performance improvements for AI at the edge.

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Meanwhile the Mali-G76 GPU is the successor to last year's Mali-G72 GPU core.

Smythe's presentation clearly marks that Cortex A76 is delivering laptop class performance and if you think about Windows on ARM, you are thinking right.

The Cortex-A76 processor is based on Arm's DynamIQ technology, and it can deliver a 35% performance gain and 40% improved power efficiency in comparison to Cortex-A75 released past year. The CPU is projected by Arm to ship in 3GHz configuration on TSMC 7nm products. This level of performance, power efficiency, and flexibility changes how consumers engage with their new PCs giving them more power to accomplish what they want to, whenever and wherever they want to accomplish it.

Finally, theres the Mali-V76 video processor. The third in the series is the Mali-V76 VPU which will support UHD 8K video on various devices. As for the Mali-G76 GPU, it is 35% more efficient and offers better performance as well. It has twice the decode performance and capability of the old Mali-V61, but a 40-percent smaller footprint. And at lower resolutions, and still at full HD, Mali-G76 will support up to 16 streams of content, creating a 4x4 video wall, a very popular use case in the Chinese market.

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