ARM introduces new products to its portfolio. New ARM Cortex-A73 Processor designed and optimized specifically for mobile and consumer devices and Mali-G71 graphics developed taking into account the advanced, and ever advancing, use cases for high end mobile like Virtual Reality (VR).
ARM Cortex-A73 Processor
The Cortex-A73 supports the full ARMv8-A architecture. Its feature set is ideal for mobile and consumer devices. ARMv8-A includes ARM TrustZone technology, NEON, virtualization and cryptography. Both in 32-bit and 64-bit, the ARM Cortex-A73 gives access to the widest mobile application and middleware eco-system – mobile software is developed and optimized by default on the ARM architecture. The Cortex-A73 includes a 128-bit AMBA 4 ACE interface enabling integration in ARM big.LITTLE systems, either with the highly efficient Cortex-A53 in premium designs or with our latest ultra-efficient Cortex-A35 processor in mid-range and more cost constrained designs.
The Cortex-A73 delivers 30% more sustained performance than our most recent previous high-performance CPU, the Cortex-A72. Running at frequencies up to 2.8GHz, the ARM Cortex-A73 also delivers the highest peak performance, almost matched by the sustained performance of its extreme energy efficiency. The Cortex-A73 core is up to 25% smaller than Cortex-A72. Optimal for implementation in advanced technology nodes such as 16nm and 10nm, the Cortex-A73 also scales very efficiently in mass-market nodes such as 28nm to provide significant performance uplift for mid-range devices.
In addition, Cortex-A73 provides the opportunity to boost the mid-range user experience to a higher level. In comparison to an octa-core Cortex-A53, the Cortex-A73 hexa-core delivers 30% more multi-core performance and twice the single-thread peak performance.
The Mali-G71 GPU is built on the brand new Bifrost architecture, Mali-G71 represents a whole new level of high-end mobile graphics capabilities whilst still maintaining Mali’s position as a leading GPU in a highly competitive market.
Mali-G71 was developed taking into account the advanced, and ever advancing, use cases for high end mobile like Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and 3D gaming; and modern APIs such as Vulkan and OpenCL 2.0. The Mali-G71 delivers 20% higher energy efficiency compared to Mali-T880 under similar conditions – translating to higher sustained device performance in thermally limited premium devices. Mali-G71 is scalable from 1 to 32 cores. The scalability of Mali-G71 means superior graphics performance is available across a wider than ever range of devices from DTVs through high end smartphones right up to cutting edge VR headsets, either mobile-based or standalone.