Fresh off a dramatic journey of not being bought by Nvidia, Arm announced its latest flagship CPU. Coming soon to your 2023 Android devices, we have Cortex-X3 and Arm Cortex-A715 CPUs.
As always, these designs will be part of a system-on-chip CPU cluster. Assuming the general layout, Arm’s proposed design will have a 2023 SoC with one large Cortex-X3 core, three medium-core Cortex-A715 CPUs and four smaller Cortex-A510 cores, returning from the current generation.
Arm promises that the X3 CPU will deliver a 25 percent performance improvement compared to the X2, while the Cortex A715 is claiming a “20 percent energy efficiency gain and 5 percent performance uplift” compared to the current-gen Cortex A710. Arm claims that the A715 is as fast as the Cortex X1 CPU from 2020. The A715 also omits 32-bit support, making it the last of our theoretical flagship SoCs to go 64-bit only. The smaller A510 CPU is coming back, but Arm says it’s “an updated version” with a 5 percent power reduction.
A 25 percent year-over-year improvement just for the biggest CPUs won’t fire up any benchmark charts. For context, our testing showed that Apple’s A15 is about 38 percent faster (in single- and multi-core tests) than the best Android phones, and that simply bumping up a larger CPU to 25 percent would mean that A 2023 Android phone will still be a lot slower than one. 2021 iPhone. Apple uses the Arm architecture but not the Arm design, as Apple seems to be a better Arm chip designer.
An arm’s length distance from the actual products
Arm is announced only Design That other companies may use for an actual consumer chip, and most of the time it means a Qualcomm or Samsung SoC. The distance between the Arm and the final product means you have to take the company’s estimated performance claims with a grain of salt, as it still has to be filtered through the execution of someone else’s Arm’s design. Last year, none of Arm’s X2 guesses actually came true. The company promised “30 percent faster” CPUs when, in fact, the X2-based chips on the market were slower than or equal to the X1 chips in the previous year.
There are already rumors that Qualcomm will not be using Arm’s suggested SoC design layout for its 2023 chip, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. Rumor claims that Qualcomm’s layout will be one Cortex X3, two Cortex A720s, two current-generation A710 CPUs and three A510 CPUs. justification For this would be that Qualcomm doesn’t want to drop 32-bit support entirely for the Chinese market just yet, and pulling two A710 CPUs from 2022 into the next year will keep the 32-bit train going.
Arm also announced a new GPU design, which is not commonly used by most vendors. Qualcomm has its own GPU division, Adreno, and Samsung now makes GPUs with AMD. Your best bet for seeing a flagship Arm GPU in a product is with the rare flagship MediaTek SoC. For what it’s worth, the new ARM GPUs have a new branding called “Immortals GPU”. The Immortalis-G715 is the first Arm-designed GPU with hardware ray tracing (Samsung and AMD announced a similar feature last year). Arm claims the GPU is 15 percent faster than last year.
Arm is also hoping that vendors will augment Arm chips with SoC designs for laptops and desktops. The company introduced a new configuration that would include eight X3 CPUs, four A715 CPUs and zero small cores. Arm tried to float the same idea last year when it suggested a chip with eight X2 CPUs, but we don’t think anyone took the company up on that offer. Qualcomm plans to eventually attack the laptop market with chips designed by its Nuvia acquisition in late 2023.
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