27 May 2019
New chipsets and SoCs are coming out every year. ARM has unveiled its upcoming chipset, called the Cortex-A76. Along with this is has also unveiled a new GPU, known as the Mali-G76 as well as a new video processor for 8K. When comparing the two chipsets, it’s quite obvious that the Cortex-A76 will be ahead of its predecessor, the Cortex-A75, but what really matters is how much of an improvement the latest generation chipset is over the Cortex-A75.
The Cortex-A75 is based on the 10nm architecture and runs at a core frequency of 2.8GHz while the Cortex-A76 which is based on the 7nm architecture runs at a higher clock speed of 3GHz. The Cortex-A76 boasts of a massive 35% higher performance along with 40% better power efficiency. The Cortex-A76 is better tuned for machine learning, having an outstanding 4x improvements over its predecessor when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) and a 90% improvement in the memory bandwidth department.
ARM is marketing them as what it calls “laptop cores”. Early iterations of the Cortex-A76 will be paired together with Cortex-A5-5 cores. Well, we will still see Cortex-A75 cores being used but mostly in lower-end or budget smartphones. The Mali-G76 GPU is not going to be any slouch as it too is based on the 7nm architecture and is from the Bitfrost family. The Mali-G76 boasts of a 50% improvement over the Mali-G72 GPU. The new video processor, the Mali-V76 can encode 8k videos at 30fps and decodes them at 60fps or 4K at 120fps. and claims to be a 25% improvement in visual quality. The processor can even decode 8k videos at 120fps.