ARM introduces Cortex-A78C SoC specifically for laptops. ARM Cortex-A78C is the new SoC which is the head of the RISC architecture of the same name and it will be offered to manufacturers for specific use in laptops.
ARM is no stranger to the revolution posed by Apple Silicon replacing Intel chips in their Macs. Although ARM’s designs (and licenses) are sweeping the smartphone, tablet and smart clock segments, so far its presence on PCs has been very limited, with some Chromebooks and Qualcomm’s unsuccessful solutions for Windows on ARM.
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ARM wants to take advantage of Apple’s movement by offering general solutions that can be used by other manufacturers that use their licenses.
ARM Cortex-A78C is part of the Cortex-A78 family introduced in the spring but is designed specifically for higher performance equipment than smartphones, in this case, laptops.
It has a larger cache capacity (8MB L3) and supports up to 8 “large” cores, which should offer higher performance.
It is manufactured in advanced 5 nm processes and according to ARM, it is ideal for enabling high-performance workloads with many threads, such as “physics” in games and professional productivity applications.
The GPU is the Mali-G78, a new generation that increases performance by 25% over the Mali-G77, supports up to 24 graphics cores that can work asynchronously, and has numerous optimizations to balance power and performance.
Speaking of power consumption, the SoC ARM Cortex-A78C will consume more than mobile development, but still, the chip designer promises a great deal of autonomy.
ARM introduces Cortex-A78C SoC specifically for laptops. The performance is already something else. So far what we have seen from Qualcomm with ARM for Windows and other vendors that have produced processors for Chromebooks has not delivered the expected experience. In fact, ARM’s entry into PCs has not yet been achieved the satisfaction of most consumers.