Arm launches new chip technology for smartphone games

Arm Ltd, the British chip technology firm owned by SoftBank Group, has unveiled a set of new chip technologies aimed at enhancing customer experience during video games on smartphones.
Arm Compute Solutions for mobile gaming
Arm said the 2022 Total Compute Solutions (TCS22) offer different levels of performance, efficiency and scalability. The combination of Arm IP launched in TCS22 will offer up to 28 percent more performance and up to 16 percent power reduction across a range of workloads, such as gaming.

Arm generates revenue by licensing its blueprints to chip companies like MediaTek which in turn use them to design chips for Android-based smartphones.

Arm also upgraded plans for its CPUs, or central processing units, the main brains in a computer. In both cases, Arm is aiming to improve the performance of chips while using less electricity.

The latest Arm GPUs are the most performant to date, with a 15 percent performance improvement compared to the previous generation, the company said.

The Arm Cortex-X3 targets a range of benchmarks and applications, delivering 25 percent performance improvement compared to the latest Android flagship smartphone and 34 percent performance improvement compared to the latest mainstream laptops.

Arm Cortex-A715 focuses on efficient performance, delivering 20 percent energy efficiency gain and 5 percent performance uplift compared to Cortex-A710, reaching the significant milestone of matching the performance of Cortex-X1.

Arm last year launched the Armv9 based Arm Cortex-A510, its first high efficiency LITTLE core in four years. This year’s updated version maintains performance while delivering a 5 percent power reduction. The updated DSU-110 supports 50 percent more cores in CPU clusters compared to last year’s generation.

The latest push to improve mobile chips comes as Arm customers like Apple and Qualcomm are reducing their dependence on Arm.

While Apple and Qualcomm still pay Arm some licensing fees to ensure their chips work with software written for Arm-based chips, they now design many more critical parts of their chips themselves rather than using Arm-made designs, Reuters news report said.

“Our latest compute solutions for consumer devices will raise the threshold of what’s possible in the mobile market,” said Arm executive Paul Williamson in a blog announcing the new products.

“For developers, making these immersive real-time 3D experiences even more compelling and engaging requires more performance.”

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