ARM Unveils Next-Generation GPU Technology
ARM today announced the Mali-T600 Series graphics processor architecture, bringing 50% greater performance and better battery life to ARM-based devices, compared to the previous generation. The Series includes the T624, T628, and T678, with each design offering up to twice the performance of the one below it. The T624 supports up to four cores while the T628 and T678 support up to eight cores. The T600 Series uses Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression (ASTC), a technique that provides finely-tuned visual compression for optimal efficiency. Various chip makers will incorporate the Mali-T600 designs into their chips, including Samsung with its Exynos processor. Chips using these new designs should hit the market some time next year.
Samsung Reveals Price Points for Gear Sport Watch and Icon X Headphones
Samsung today said its Gear Sport smartwatch and Icon X 2018 headphones will be available for pre-order starting October 13, with general retail availability to follow October 27. The Gear Sport, a fitness-focused smartwatch that runs Samsung's Tizen platform, costs $299.99.
Samsung's Exynos 9 Chip Uses 10nm Process, Boasts Gigabit Modem
Samsung today announced the Exynos 9 Series 8895 application processor for premium mobile devices. The chip relies on Samsung's 10nm FinFET process with 3D transistors.
MediaTek Packs 10 Cores in TriCluster Helio X20 Chip
MediaTek today announced the Helio X20, a mobile application processor that packages 10 cores together in three separate clusters. Many of today's high-end processors package eight cores in two clusters.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 Relies On Semi-Custom Cores
Qualcomm today revealed that the Kryo 385 CPU in the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform does not use off-the-shelf cores and instead relies on semi-custom cores. Processor designers often use cores such as those created by ARM.
ARM Intros Cortex and Mali Chips for Virtual Reality
ARM today announced the Cortex A73 processor core and the Mali G71 GPU, which will bring dramatic gaming and virtual reality improvements to next year's high-end smartphones. ARM says the A73 delivers 30% more sustained power when compared to the A72, in addition to 30% more power efficiency.