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ARM Cores Take On PC Processors

ARM is looking beyond smartphones to PCs with its new 64-bit Cortex-A72 processor core.

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SAN FRANCISCO – ARM announced a new processor core, GPU core, and interconnect targeted for mobile SoCs. The 64-bit Cortex-A72 processor core, Mali-T880 graphics core, and CoreLink CCI-500 aim to power a new class of mobile devices that "serve as your primary and only compute platform."

While slim on specs, ARM promises that its Cortex-A72 processor will deliver 3.5 times the performance of its Cortex-A15 devices while consuming 75% less power. ARM says its Mali-T880 graphics cores are similarly impressive in generation-over-generation improvements supporting resolutions up to 4K pixels at 120 frames/second.

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The new version of the cache coherent CoreLink provides twice the memory bandwidth and 30% more performance as a processor/memory interconnect than ARM's earlier version. It also supports ARM's TrustZone for secure decoding of video from a Mali core.

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danielcawrey
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2/8/2015 | 12:59:29 PM
Re: Maybe for mobile
This is just a logical next step for ARM to invade the PC market. We've seen ARM-based PCs for some time already, but they really need to offer enough horsepower to use dazzling applications.

Is ARM there yet? I think that the platform is getting close, but it almost seems as though they are being held back by the likes of Intel and Microsoft. 
Charlie Babcock
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2/4/2015 | 6:06:34 PM
What prospect for ARM in the cloud?
Andrew Feldman, corporate VP of AMD, said at the OpenCompute Conference 2014: "By 2019, ARM will command 25% of the server market." That's an optimistic prediction. Use of ARM servers is still extremely limited, I believe. What would help the prediction is if cloud vendors decide thjere are long term savings in converting to ARM.
Charlie Babcock
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2/4/2015 | 5:37:44 PM
Mobile devices need more battery life
Offering 3.5 times the performance while consuming 75% less power is a winning combination. Such ARM chips would be great in phones, tablets and small laptops. In the mobile device, battery life is almost as important as processing power.
Whoopty
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2/4/2015 | 10:47:47 AM
Maybe for mobile
It's good to see ARM continuing to push the envelope on mobile performance. I'm particularly impressed that Oculus is interested in its development.

However performance wise, I don't see this holding a candle to Intel's desktop efforts. It's been king of the hill for the best part of a decade now and doesn't look likely to lose that crown any time soon. 
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