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Upcoming ARM Cortex-A73 could support HDR and 4K UHD at 120 Hz

The new "Egil" processor will integrate a Mali-G71 GPU
The new "Egil" processor will integrate a Mali-G71 GPU
The ARM "Egil" can bring HDR video and 4K UHD HEVC and VP9 decoding to future smartphones.

ARM Holdings announced at Computex 2016 its SoC plans for 2017 including the Cortex-A73 and Mali-G71 GPU that future flagship smartphones, tablets, conferencing systems, and smart TVs will likely be based on. The British company recently released more details on a new "Egil" processor with the aforementioned integrated GPU.

Accordingly, the flexible video processor will scale in performance depending on the price or class of the device. Thus, it should be capable of 1080p playback at up to 80 Hz or even 4K UHD at up to 120 Hz depending on the number of activated cores. The chip will also support 10-bit encoding and decoding of the HEVC (H.265) and VP9 codecs for HDR playback in multiple simultaneous instances for features like videoconferencing. Production is expected to be at TSMC using a 16 nm FinFET process for better performance-per-Watt.

Native support for HDR encoding and decoding was revealed as an important feature on the latest generation of Nvidia Pascal, AMD Polaris, and Intel Kaby Lake GPUs. HDR allows for deeper colors and more vibrant videos, though it requires high-end TV sets or displays that support it.

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Alexander Fagot/ Allen Ngo, 2016-06-23 (Update: 2016-06-23)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.