ARM details Cortex-A72: Intel Core-M performance coming to your phone

ARM details Cortex-A72: Intel Core-M performance coming to your phone
ARM introduced a couple of new chips for 2016 including the Cortex-A72 processor and the Mali T-880 graphics chip not long ago, and today the company detailed the new A72 further. In addition to the Cortex-A72 processor being with 20-60% increase in instructions-per-clock over the current Cortex-A57 king (read: HTC One M9 and Galaxy S6), it can also consume up to 75% less energy than last year's ARM finest. 

While the figures above can be attributed merely to the generational die shrink, as ARM is aiming the Cortex-A72 architecture at the 16nm production process, it is interesting to note that ARM is now directly comparing its flagship processors with Intel's 14nm ones, like the latest Core-M you will find in many laptops, hybrids and ultrabooks currently on the market. 

That sheer chutzpah of ARM is not without merit, though, as you can see in the chart above, as the Cortex-A72, which can be clocked at up to 2.5 GHz maximums per core, barely budges against the Core-M, but at a much smaller power consumption. These are exciting times, and we can't wait for the first phones with the architecture to hit the market, as both Qualcomm, MediaTek, and, we'd assume, Samsung, too, are on the list of Cortex-A72 licensees.

source: Arstechnica

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31 Comments

1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Great but Still Waiting for Mongoose

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Q4 is going to be interesting A72s vs Skylake Core M vs Mongoose vs A9X vs 820? (probably not 820)

9. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Core M costs 10x as much as A72, A9X and 820. It's never going to be in phones - Skylake or Bulls**tLake.

26. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

I really doubt you know what Skylake is

14. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Wow! You mixed so many different things there that it makes no sense at all. A72: cores Skylake: architecture Core M: branding name ( for a family of SoCs ) Mongoose: cores OK at least in the last one you compared two things that are comparable.

28. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Well this is a tech site, I assume people would know what I meant A72: I couldn't remember the MediaTek SoC that has A72 cores Skylake: *microarchitecture Skylake Core M: not announced yet, no name to list Mongoose: no SoC announced yet, no name to list

23. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

the A9X is for tablets only so u have to include the normal A9 as well.

5. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Apple's A"X" series has a beast single core performence! Exynos 7420 is a beast Overall, Samsung really made the Cortex A57 and A53 shine. Mongoose is going to be EPIC! :D

6. Heisenberg

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

That's for Samsung

21. waddup121 unregistered

mobile tech is hella interesting this year!

3. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

The difference is Core M is out NOW, when will this chip hit the market? When the Core M+ does?

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Skylake Core M will come later this year in Q3 or Q4 MediaTek are supposedly releasing a SoC with A72s at about the same time

10. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

The difference is A72 costs 1/10 of Core M and is STILL more efficient. Who wins now?

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

considering the new 500 surface clocks in at 500 bucks with core m says otherwise.

24. Pulkit1990

Posts: 46; Member since: May 08, 2014

Do u even know the soc inside Surface 3 ,Hint it is not a core series chip .Surface runs on a Atom z8700 with just 3400 in geekBench compared to 5000 by Exynos

7. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Apple will include one in the next macbook and stick a $1,299 Price tag.

27. seven7dust unregistered

ARM based Macbook will be sic as hell. imagine the battery-life. Wow !

8. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

ARM: "Our next generation chips will be better than our previous ones." Yeah i think every one knows it.

11. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

For a $25 chip vs the $280 Core M, not bad I'd say. Everyone seems to forget that Core M is still a "PC chip", that Intel is desperately trying to rebrand as a "mobile chip", despite all the throttling issues it has in 95% of the devices it's going to be in. The point here is that an ARM chip has become AS FAST AS A PC CHIP, while still costing an order of magnitude LESS.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its already on some ultrabook, and that counted as mobile right :P (used as fanless design, with not so good battery life and not so fast pricessing speed) and i guess intel will force it to be used in tablet sooner or later :-/

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

.........

12. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Great! Keep 'em coming...

13. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I have serious doubts about those values .. An A57 at 1.9Ghz on 20nm takes up to 2W (4 cores take 7.4W), theres no way in hell the A72 at 2.5Ghz takes less than 1W... So , the usual marketing BS ...

25. Pulkit1990

Posts: 46; Member since: May 08, 2014

Are you dumb or what . TDP of Exynos 7420 is about 3.4 watt while the TDP of Core M is 5 W (throttled)

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

mediatek already implement A72 (but still use 20nm tech) and get 70k+ at antutu. maybe early next year theyll release A72

18. twens

Posts: 1183; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I have a feeling a time will come smartphone speed will become stale like Pc. Soon enough of the so called gimmicks in touch wiz will differentiate one smartphone from another. This really makes me feel like with all the rd and screen advancement samsung has on its sleeves the company will be fine in the comin years. Google is making android faster and smoother now. Apple is making iOS Laggier with more features. Let's see how things turn up by end of 2016.

22. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

The limiting factors are size and power. As long as we can have batteries to give it juice and keep the heat down...it will go up and up.

19. dlsnhuff

Posts: 111; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Intel chipsets are known for energy less consumption. But how about the GPU side ? Adreno 430 is already a great GPU

30. sunspider

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

Who said intel chipset consume less energy than ARM chip? Look at the battery life of the asus zenfone 2 using the Intel Atom Z3560 chipset with a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, PowerVR G6430 GPU. According to gsmarena the zenfone 2 battery life is worse than the galaxy S6 although the S6 using 2k screen and the battery capacity of S6 lower than Zenfone 2 (2500 compare to 3000).

29. Cazrack

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 22, 2015

Exynos 7420 already beats it in multi core geekbench 3.

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