Suite of IP from ARM targets low-power future premium mobile devices

February 04, 2015 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
ARM has announced a suite of IP that will enable a new standard for premium experiences on 2016 mobile devices.

At the heart of this suite is the ARM Cortex-A72 processor, which claims to be the highest performing CPU technology available for developing mobile SoCs today. In target configurations, the Cortex-A72 processor will deliver CPU performance that is 50x greater than the leading smartphones from just five years ago. The ARM premium mobile experience IP suite also offers a significant graphics upgrade generating a stunning visual experience for users at up to 4K120fps resolution. Devices with this latest industry-leading technology suite are expected to enter the market in 2016.

Alongside the Cortex-A72 processor is the CoreLink CCI-500 interconnect and the latest Mali-T880 GPU, the company’s highest performing and most energy-efficient mobile GPU, along with Mali-V550 video and Mali-DP550 display processors. To further ease chip implementation, the suite also includes ARM POP IP for the leading-edge TSMC 16nm FinFET+ process.

The premium mobile experience IP suite addresses the ever-increasing demands of end-users for their primary, always-connected mobile devices capable of creating, enhancing and consuming any content. For 2016 devices, ARM and its partners will boost the mobile experience associated with use cases such as:

  1. Immersive and sophisticated image and video capture, including 4K120fps video content;
  2. Console-class gaming performance and graphics;
  3. Productivity suites requiring fluid handling of documents and office applications;
  4. Natural language user interfaces capable of running natively on a smartphone.

More than ten partners, including HiSilicon, MediaTek and Rockchip, have already licensed the Cortex-A72 processor, which is based on the ARMv8-A architecture that delivers energy-efficient 64-bit processing while providing full backward compatibility to existing 32-bit software. The Cortex-A72 processor will deliver substantial benefits including:

  1. Sustained operation within the constrained mobile power envelope at frequencies of 2.5 GHz in a 16nm FinFET process and scalable to higher frequencies for deployment in larger form factor devices;
  2. 3.5x the performance of 2014 devices based on the Cortex-A15 processor;
  3.   Improved energy efficiency that delivers a 75 percent reduction in energy consumption when matching performance of 2014 devices;
  4. Extended performance and efficiency when the Cortex-A72 CPU is combined with a Cortex-A53 CPU in ARM big.LITTLE™ processor configurations.