2016 smartphones to be 3.5 times more powerful than 2014’s
BASED on ARM’s claims, phones in 2016 will be 3.5 times more powerful than their counterparts in 2014, while consuming 75 percent less power.
ARM has unveiled their next high-end smartphone processor core, the ARM Cortex-A72 based on 16nm lithography. 2014’s smartphone chips used 28nm.
The 16nm-based chips will consume less power, while still delivering a performance
boost. ARM also plans to use clusters of the Cortex-A72 processor in servers.
Manufacturers like Qualcomm will likely use multiple Cortex-A72 cores on their chips, as well as a number of lower-powered cores which will be used when the devices enter energy saving modes.
The Cortex-A72 will be paired with a new graphics processor, the Mali-T880, the CoreLink CCI-500 interconnect, as well as the Mali-V550 video and Mali-DP550 display processors. This combination will be capable of 4K resolution at 120 fps.
The upgraded display and graphics capabilities will consume more power, offsetting the energy savings from the new core, but be able to drive the next generation requirements in terms of graphics rendering and screen resolution.
The high resolution and high frames per second, in particular, will make the 2016 devices highly suited for next generation virtual reality applications, where latency can cause nausea and break the immersive experience.
The processor performance will also allow next-generation devices to use natural language user interfaces such as speech recognition and gestures that require high native processing speeds to work smoothly.
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.