Arm this week is announcing a new suite of mobile IP designed to meet the on-device demands of the 5G era. The Cortex-A77 CPU delivers 20 percent performance improvement over Cortex-A76 devices, while the Mali-G77 GPU is designed to deliver high-end graphics on mobile devices. The Cortex-A77 is built for next-generation smartphones and laptops that will support use cases like VR and advanced machine learning. Arm notes that CPUs are already effectively the default machine learning processor for mobile devices — according to the company’s estimates, only about 15 percent of smartphones have dedicated neural processors (NPUs). Devices that do have some kind of accelerator will run ML workloads on the CPU first. The Cortex-A77 delivers a 20 percent IPC performance improvement over Cortex-A76 devices. Through a combination of hardware and software optimizations, Arm says the past two generations of Cortex-A7x series processors — Cortex-A76 and Cortex-A77 — have increased overall ML performance by 35x. Special Feature Special Report: How 5G Will Transform Business (free PDF) This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet / TechRepublic special feature, explores how 5G will connect the Internet of things, edge computing and analytics infrastructure with minimal latency. Read More Meanwhile, the Mali-G77 features a new Valhall architecture, delivering a nearly 40 percent performance improvement over the Mali-G76 in devices. It features microarchitecture enhancements including engine, texture pipes, and load store caches, which achieve 30 percent better energy efficiency and 30 percent more performance density. It also brings a 60 percent improvement to machine… [Read full story]
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