ARM Intros Cortex A12 Chips for Mid-Range Devices
ARM today announced a new integrated processor that is meant to help it capitalize on the large market for mid-range devices. The chipset was designed to maximize power output and battery lie, while also minimizing size. The chipset includes the Cortex-A12 processor and Mali-T622 GPU, and brings along a new video IP chip called the Mali-V500. The Cortex A12 uses 28nm processes, supports big.LITTLE processing technology, and offers up to 40% more power than a comparable A9 chip. The Mali-T622 GPU conforms to the OpenGL ES 3.0 standard and delivers 50% better power management when compared to the first-generation Mali chip. Last, the Mali-V500 video chip brings dedicated processing for encode/decode, allowing a single-core processor to handle 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second, and multi-core processors to handle 4K ultra-HD video at up to 120 frames per second. Packaged together, ARM believes the new system-on-a-chip will offer mid-range devices premium performance. The Cortex A12 integrated processor will be available in devices by the middle of 2014.
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.
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.
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.
ARM Announces Cortex A72 for 2016's Smartphones
ARM today show off the Cortex A72, a new processor core for smartphones and tablets that delivers big gains in efficiency while still offering plenty of computing power. The company claims it reduces power consumption by 75%, but increases performance by a factor of three in smartphones.