Last year, ARM announced the Cortex-A76 which is now powering all the flagship Android smartphones. Both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipsets are equipped with the Cortex-A76 cores. Today, the SoftBank-owned company has announced new-gen Cortex-A77 and Mali-G77 as the successors to Cortex-A76 and Mali-G76. While we will see smartphones with these new designs in 2020, the chipsets powered by Cortex-A77 CPU and Mali-G77 GPU will be announced by the end of this year.
The Cortex-A77 will offer 20% better performance than the current-gen Cortex-A76 and a whopping 62% when compared to the Cortex-A75. It also significantly improves machine learning performance which will come handy for the chipsets which lack a dedicated NPU. By pairing with the Cortex-A55, it also supports big.LITTLE architecture. Just like the Cortex-A76, the Cortex-A77 cores will be manufactured on a 7nm node and has the same peak frequency of 3.0GHz.
Talking about the all-new Mali-G77 GPU, it is mentioned to offer 40% better performance than the Mali-G76 GPU. The company also claims the Mali-G77 GPU is 30% more power efficient and 60% faster in machine learning when compared to its predecessor. ARM also announced the second-generation machine learning processor design which is said to be twice as efficient as its predecessor. At its peak performance, it will offer 5 trillion operations per second, same as the 8-core Neural Engine inside the Apple A12 Bionic chip.
The HiSilicon 980 chipset from Huawei is the first world’s chipset to feature the Cortex-A76 cores and Mali-G76 GPU. However, ARM recently asked its employees to stop working Huawei projects. Now, we don’t the rumored Kirin 985 chipset will be able to come out if the US government ban takes place after three months. Stay tuned on Phone Radar for more details!