ARM announced a trio of high-end components, which are bound to be part of the next generation of mobile chipsets. The brand-new ARM Cortex-A72 CPU, Mali T-880GPU, and the CoreLink CCI-500 interconnect will feature in top-shelf mobile devices in 2016.
The 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 CPU is going to be the successor of the Cortex-A57. The newcomer is 3.5x faster than the Cortex-A15 generation, yet it consumes the same amount of energy. Cortex-A72 will use 75% less power than 2014 Cortex-A15 devices under similar workload.
In order to ease the implementation of the new chip, ARM has made its compatible with the latest TSMC 16nm FinFET+ process. The CPU will offer extended performance and efficiency when combined with Cortex-A53 CPU in ARM big.LITTLE setup.
The Mali T-880 GPU on the other hand, will offer 1.8x the performance of the currently available Mali T-760, yet it will consume 40% less energy. The GPU is developed with premium 4K content in mind
The CoreLink CCI-500 interconnect will enable power-sipping big.LITTLE processing thanks to an integrated snoop filter. The component will offer twice the peak memory system bandwidth with 30% increase in processor memory performance over the CCI-400 it is bound to replace.
ARM has already teamed up with a number of partners, which will utilize the new components. They include MediaTek, HiSilicon, and Rockchop among others.