These Arm-based laptops are already paying off with an unprecedented 20-plus hours of battery life and steadily improving performance thanks to ongoing OS and application optimizations. This is because the power draw of the other GPU components remains mostly constant when scaling up the number of execution lanes. Today Arm is announcing a new premium client solution suite of Arm computing and multimedia IP that not only provides more opportunities for smartphone innovation, but makes any gap in laptop performance a non-issue with a CPU design that delivers a staggering increase in year-over-year performance.
The Cortex-A76 is based on Arm's DynamIQ technology, which was announced past year alongside the Cortex-A75. The Mali-G76 GPU, meanwhile, is meant to support "untethered gaming" and on-device machine learning (ML) with 30% higher efficiency and performance.
To see how Arm is pushing its chips' graphics performance, let's take a closer look inside the Mali-G76. Apple will be on to the A12 by the time Cortex-76 devices hit the market, putting the Cupertino company a solid two years ahead. That may be changing with the Cortex-A76, a CPU core ARM will launch on 7nm with substantial performance uplifts.
The new CPU is naturally still compatible with DynamIQ's common cluster topology and Arm envisions designs to be paired with Cortex A55s as the little more power efficient CPUs.
Arm also mentions that performance will be up by 28 percent in Geekbench. Technical details about the new CPU can be read here. And since AI is trendy, the new CPU has almost 4x improvement in speed when it comes to machine learning.
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Finally, there's the Arm Mali-V76.
This cadence of significant smartphone performance efficiency increases enabled by Arm did not go unnoticed by the Windows laptop ecosystem which now have integrated Arm-based SoCs from Qualcomm into their initial Always-Connected PC offerings. The Mali-G76 offers 30 percent more efficiency and performance density, allowing gaming developers to create more graphics-hungry games and apps, as well as advanced virtual and augmented reality experiences for mobile devices. It's designed specifically with high-resolution content in mind, capable of decoding 8K video at 60 fps.
Even if you're not using an 8K display - which, admittedly, is likely to be rare in laptops and 2-in-1s for a long time - the Mali-V76 has some big advantages. According to Arm, this gives consumers the opportunity to record video while video conferencing, or watch four games in 4K.
The processor is meant to be a versatile playback tool for VR applications to even video walls- a 4×4 array of full HD displays or a 2×2 array of 4K displays. Think of it as an analogue to Intel's past Tick-Tock strategy, but rather Tock-Tock-Tock for Arm with steady CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 20-25% every generation coming from µarch improvements.