Today, ARM announced the new Cortex-A76 microarchitecture CPU, as well as the Mali-G76 GPU and the Mali-V76 VPU. These are all geared towards premium products from smartphones all the way up to laptops and even TVs. The Cortex-A76 is going to be the most popular product out of all three of these, as a large number of semiconductors out there use ARM's architecture in its processors and chipsets. This is the second-generation of the DynamIQ 'big' core, which is going to give users laptop-type performance on a smaller device like a smartphone. And seeing as many smartphone makers are looking to make docks so you can use your smartphone as a laptop or desktop computer, this is a welcome change.
According to ARM, the Cortex-A76 is going to provide 35-percent more performance, 40-percent better battery efficiency and four times ML improvements. Now ARM did indicate that this was being compared against Cortex-A75 clocked at 2.8GHz on the 10nm process, while the Cortex-A76 was a 3GHz on the 7nm process. So obviously it should be much faster and more efficient, and it is even smaller. ARM is pretty proud of the fact that it is able to push more performance into its architecture while also making them even more battery efficient.
The Mali-G76 which is ARM's new graphics processing unit, is going to be great for high-performance gaming, and cross-platform experiences. The Mali-G76 will give developers and consumers 30-percent more efficiency and performance. The Mali-G76 is going to allow developers to bring more high-end gaming titles to mobile. Additionally, Mali-G76 now has better support for augmented and virtual reality. Making it easier for developers to bring it into everyday tasks. Compared to the Mali-G72, the Mali-G76 sports 30-percent more performance density, 30-percent more battery efficiency, and 2.7-times ML improvements. The Mali-G76 is effectively ARM's most premium GPU to-date.
Finally, the Mali-V76 is the company's new video processing unit, and it is able to do up to 8K video at 60fps. ARM decided that bringing a VPU that can support up to 8K video is definitely important as more content is moving to 4K and beyond. The Mali-V76 is able to support 8K at up to 60fps, of four 4K streams at 60fps. So that users are able to stream four movies, or even record in 4K and even 8K. With the Mali-V76, ARM is promising two times the decode performance and capability, 40-percent smaller area, and 25-percent encode quality uplift. Making it a rather sizable upgrade from the previous Mali-V61 VPU.
This new suite of IP from ARM is available to its partners now, but ARM is not saying who is using what just yet. As is usually the case with semiconductors like Qualcomm and MediaTek, ARM is letting its customers make the big announcements. But it wouldn't be surprising to see some new processors announced later this year with Cortex-A76 cores inside.