ARM Holdings Plc, a British multinational semiconductor and software design company which powers more than 95 percent of smartphones has announced Cortex A72, its new chip design which features more processing power, higher power efficiency and improved graphics. The Cambridge-based company says that Cortex A72 will be seen in smartphones next year. Also Read - Computex 2021: When and how to watch, what to expect
At a presentation in San Francisco, the company noted that the Cortex A72 will provide chipmakers with the ability to build processors with 50 times more power than top-tier smartphones had five years ago. The new chip offers console gaming-class performance with better graphics. Also Read - Samsung working on a new Exynos SoC paired with AMD GPU to power its laptops
According to ARM, the Cortex-A72 is 3.5 times faster than 2014’s 32-bit Cortex-A15 and consumes 75% less power. The A15 powers the Nvidia Tegra K1 and others. The A72 can run ARMv7 32-bit and ARMv8-A 64-bit code, and also features TrustZone and hardware virtualization support. Also Read - MediaTek teases another premium chipset manufactured on the 6nm Process
Some of the performance improvements come from changes to ARM’s chip design while rest come from new manufacturing technology. The new chip are expected to be built using a thinner 16-nanometer generation of transistors. “We are still adamant that we’re on a path where the phone becomes the primary computing device,” said Ian Ferguson, vice president of segment marketing for ARM.
ARM’s CPU designs are used by a range of chipmakers including Qualcomm, Mediatek, Samsung, Apple, and Nvidia. Some of them rely entirely on ARM. The improvements in its design will set the pace for future smartphones.
ARM is hoping that the new technology and faster mobile networks will improve the new smartphones sales figure. The software design company has high hopes from Cortex A72 design and expects it will improve its dwindling profits.