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ARM 64-Bit CPUs: A game-changer for Android phone makers

What To Know

  • With its updated architecture, the Cortex-X4 boasts a claimed 15 percent increase in performance while consuming 40 percent less power.
  • It boasts a reported 22 percent increase in efficiency compared to its predecessor, the A510, along with an eight percent boost in performance.
  • On the budget end, the G620 provides a cost-effective option with five cores or less.
  • ARM has not revealed its customer base, but it is anticipated that prominent players in the mobile industry like Qualcomm and MediaTek will incorporate the latest Cortex designs into their upcoming system-on-chip (SoC) models.

ARM, the leading technology company, has just unveiled its latest lineup of CPU core designs that are exclusively 64-bit. This move sends a clear message to Android phone manufacturers who are still relying on outdated 32-bit technology. Unlike previous iterations, ARM’s Cortex-X4, Cortex-A720, and Cortex-A520 offer significant advancements and leave no room for legacy tech.

The Cortex-X4: A Powerhouse for Flagship Phones

Targeted at flagship phones, the Cortex-X4 builds upon the success of its predecessor, the X3. With its updated architecture, the Cortex-X4 boasts a claimed 15 percent increase in performance while consuming 40 percent less power.

This translates to faster app launches and a more responsive interface. Furthermore, the improved efficiency might even enhance battery life during gaming and resource-intensive tasks.

The Cortex-A720: A Focus on Efficiency and Longevity

As the successor to the A715 “middle” core, the Cortex-A720 offers both improved speed and enhanced efficiency. ARM asserts that the A720 is more than 20 percent power-efficient compared to last year’s design. To further reduce costs or shrink hardware, chipmakers can also opt for a smaller ‘entry’ version of the A720.

The Cortex-A520: Efficiency for Background Processing

While primarily designed for low-demand background processing, the Cortex-A520 still manages to shine. It boasts a reported 22 percent increase in efficiency compared to its predecessor, the A510, along with an eight percent boost in performance. Even if you’re not a heavy-duty user, this efficiency improvement might extend your phone’s battery life significantly.

ARM’s focus on graphics performance is worth noting as well. The company is simultaneously launching the Immortalis-G720, Mali-G720, and Mali-G620 GPU designs, all of which offer enhanced performance with reduced power consumption. These GPUs introduce a deferred vertex shading (DVS) pipeline, resulting in a 33 percent reduction in bandwidth usage in demanding games like Genshin Impact.

This optimization allows for more complex scenes and stunning HDR visuals. The Immortalis GPU offers an average 15 percent performance increase over its predecessor while being 15 percent more efficient. It supports ten or more cores, while the Mali-G720 supports six to nine cores. On the budget end, the G620 provides a cost-effective option with five cores or less.

ARM has not revealed its customer base, but it is anticipated that prominent players in the mobile industry like Qualcomm and MediaTek will incorporate the latest Cortex designs into their upcoming system-on-chip (SoC) models. Interestingly, Apple, which presently relies on ARM technology, remains undecided about embracing the newer ARMV9 architecture.

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