Arm, a leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) provider, has introduced two new products aimed at enhancing smartphone performance. The first is the Arm Cortex-X4, the fourth generation of its Cortex-X core. Arm claims that the Cortex-X4 is its fastest CPU to date, offering a 15% performance improvement compared to its predecessor, the Cortex-X3. The focus of the Cortex-X4 is to enable artificial intelligence and machine learning-based applications, catering to the growing demand for advanced mobile experiences.
The second product announced by Arm is the Arm Immortalis-G720, based on its fifth-generation GPU architecture. The Immortalis-G720 is designed to deliver a console-like gaming experience on mobile devices, with a particular emphasis on high geometry games and real-time 3D applications. Its predecessor, the Immortalis-G715, is already integrated into flagship devices from OPPO and vivo through a partnership with MediaTek.
Arm also unveiled the Arm Total Compute Solutions 2023 (TCS23), a new platform for mobile computing. TCS23 incorporates IP such as the Immortalis GPU, Armv9 CPUs, and software enhancements. It targets premium smartphone models and is built on Arm’s new Armv9.2 architecture. The platform includes GPUs based on fifth-generation architecture, including the newly launched Immortalis-G720, Mali-G720, and Mali-G620. The compute cluster of Armv9.2 comprises the Cortex-4, Cortex-A720, Cortex-A520 CPUs, and the DSU-120.
Rene Haas, CEO of Arm, highlighted the company’s focus on delivering complete systems for system-on-chip (SoC) designers. Arm’s approach involves building CPU, memory systems, and compute blocks that can be integrated, configured, and validated to provide a comprehensive solution.
Arm’s strategic partnership with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) continues with the Cortex-X4 being taped out on the TSMC N3E process, which is touted as an industry first.
The announcement of Arm’s IPO plans comes at a time when traditional US IPOs, excluding special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), have seen a decline of approximately 22% year-to-date. Arm aims to raise between $8 billion and $10 billion in its upcoming IPO on Nasdaq, following its filing last month.
With its new products and strategic initiatives, Arm aims to strengthen its position in the smartphone market and provide enhanced performance capabilities to meet the evolving needs of mobile users.