By Ian Smythe, vice president of marketing, Client Line of Business
January 13, 2021 -- Last year, Arm launched its latest mobile solution, providing partners with greater performance and efficiency, combined with security and system improvements across the entire system-on-chip (SoC). Leveraging a Total Compute approach meant improved real-world use cases on mobile, offering end-users higher quality experiences, and developers the ability to create enhanced applications for the 5G era.
Today, this technology has become a reality on silicon, with Arm’s next-generation mobile solution at the heart of the newly announced Exynos 2100. The new SoC adopts the powerful Arm Cortex-X1 CPU in a tri-cluster octa-core configuration alongside the Arm Cortex-A78 CPU, as well as the Arm Mali-G78 GPU, and optimized for 5nm to support faster, better, and longer mobile experiences. Arm’s longstanding partnership with Samsung Electronics’ System LSI business demonstrates how technological innovation, and a shared vision for pushing the boundaries of mobile, can make new mobile experiences a reality.
The octa-core CPU configuration
The Cortex-X1 is Arm’s most powerful CPU to date and the first from the Cortex-X Custom (CXC) program. It gives our partners greater flexibility and scalability to increase peak performance relative to our standard CPUs. While the Cortex-X1 is all about maximum performance, the Cortex-A78 is our most efficient CPU ever designed for mobile.
The Exynos 2100’s tri-cluster octa-core CPU configuration combines a Cortex-X1 core, alongside 3x Cortex-A78 and 4x Cortex-A55, to deliver improvements of nearly 30 percent in multi-core performance compared to its predecessor. For the user, this means a faster user interface and greater responsiveness when launching and running applications.
A leap forward in graphics performance
Alongside this powerful octa-core CPU configuration, is the Mali-G78 GPU which represents Arm’s most performant GPU to-date, delivering outstanding graphics and all-day gaming. Combining the performance benefits of the Cortex CPU cores and Mali-G78 with the rapid speeds, low latency, and high bandwidth of 5G will enable advanced gaming experiences on mobile.
Mali-G78 enables the Exynos 2100 to improve graphics performance over its predecessor by more than 40 percent. This means more visually stunning and seamless graphics and more immersive on-screen mobile entertainment experiences, such as high-fidelity premium gaming and XR (virtual reality and augmented reality) experiences.
Bringing new experiences to your mobile
For the end-user, the Exynos 2100 will enable uncompromised performance and exceptional battery life. Users will be able to enjoy better experiences on their smartphones for far longer while they are ‘on-the-go.’
Arm is committed to enabling secure, digital immersion for the 5G era on consumer devices and today’s announcement is evidence of this as we see the Cortex-X1 CPU in silicon, maximizing smartphone performance. And of course, we could not do this without great partners like Samsung and their leading-edge Exynos SoCs designed to accelerate our premium smartphone and 5G experiences.
Arm technology is at the heart of a computing and data revolution that is transforming the way people live and businesses operate. Our energy-efficient processor designs and software platforms have enabled advanced computing in 180 billion chips and our technologies securely power products from the sensor to the smartphone and the supercomputer. Together with 1,000+ technology partners we are at the forefront of designing, securing and managing all areas of AI-enhanced connected compute from the chip to the cloud.