ARM has a new mobile chipset architecture in process for next year. That short phrase is capable of sending shivers down the spine of tech-savvy initiates, since ARM is the engineering office behind Snapdragon, Exynos, Kirin and all the other Android chipsets designs. Apple, whose A-series system chips are highly customized, still uses the ARM instruction sets.
iPhones, however, have consistently outperformed high-end Androids, regardless of their chipset model, in synthetic tests. The reason behind that, according to badyst Patrick Moorhead, is that Apple has enough profit margin on its phones to build the A-series processors in a more expensive way, with much more circuit, and more processor cache so that the system does not have to recover information from the slower working memory.
ARM, however, will try to address exactly those problems with its upcoming Cortex-A76 architecture. It will be at least 35% faster than existing high-end Android system chips, much more energy efficient in 7nm chips than the current 10nm (duh) harvest, and will rival the Intel Core-i5 7300 chip in performance terms. With a little more added cache, the ARM Cortex-A76 will be as powerful as Intel's flagship Core-i7 family (what happens now?). The fact that ARM engineers are sizing their new architecture with Intel's mobile processors should tell you where the wind is. It will blow next year.
Yes, Microsoft is already very interested in the A76 architecture, since, with Windows now able to work with ARM, it will lead to lightweight and fanless laptops, and with a battery life of two days, without sacrifice performance in the process. According to Microsoft's Matt Barlow: " It just changes the way you work, you can take a two-day business trip and leave the power cord at home." "
What about my loved ones? phones? cry? Well, a rising tide lifts all vessels, and ARM's new Cortex-A76 will address the deficiencies that make current A75 designs slower than Apple's A-series, causing the processor to accommodate 33% more parallel instructions to at the same time, accelerating memory communication and predicting instructions to go down the established pipeline. Along with the recently announced Mali-G76 graphics processor or the exclusive Mali-V76 video chip, phones with 7nm A76 processors should finally be reaching Apple's custom monster designs, which can be powerful, but highly optimized, with Unparalleled maximum performance (to the extent that they can cause your iPhone's battery to lose the power supply from your old bones).
Of course, by this time next year, Apple will probably have a 7nm second-generation A12 processor that will incorporate the same set of instructions, so the game of cat and mouse in mobile performance probably it will continue without interruptions, for our seeing (and playing) pleasure. Google has already tested the new system for its VR Daydream products, and was impressed. " We have console-level graphics with the G76 ," joked Daydream's product manager, Rahul Praddad.
Architecture and performance of ARM Cortex-A76