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ARM unveils Cortex-A73 processor cores and Mali-G71 graphics

ARM debuts Cortex-A73 architecture and Mali-G71 graphics processing unit
ARM Cortex-A73
The two new chips are optimized for virtual reality and augmented reality but offer all-around improvements when compared to their predecessors.

The latest processor core and graphics processing unit from ARM aim to take everything to a whole new level by providing a redefined VR and AR experience "on 2017 flagship mobile devices." Both the Cortex-A73 core and Mali-G71 GPU use the 10 nm FinFET process technology and offer increased efficiency and performance when compared to their predecessors.

According to the official press release, "the Cortex-A73 is the smallest and most efficient 'big' ARMv8-A core" that can provide up to 30 percent better efficiency and sustained performance when compared to the Cortex-A72. The same source reveals that ten partners already have licensed the Cortex-A73 core, including HiSilicon, MediaTek, and Marvell.

Compared to the premium Mali-T880, the new Mali-G71 offers a 50 percent performance increase, a 20 percent increase in efficiency, as well as a 40 percent increase of its performance per surface area value. The chip is based on the Bifrost architecture, has 32 shader cores, and ARM claims it can beat the integrated graphics found in most mid-range laptops currently on the market.

The first commercial applications of these new chips will probably come out in 2017. "In 2017, we will see devices with the Cortex-A73 and Mali-G71 processors that stand out thanks to their impressive and sustained performance, and even more stunning visuals. This technology can make engaging with 4K video, virtual reality and augmented reality an everyday experience on a mobile device," says Pete Hutton, ARM's executive vice president and president, product groups.

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-05-31 (Update: 2016-05-31)