Arm announces Total Compute Solutions 2023

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Arm has announced Total Compute Solutions 2023 (TCS23), which it claims will be the platform for mobile computing going forward.

According to Arm, which unveiled TCS23 at Computex, it delivers a complete package of the latest IP that has been designed and optimised for specific workloads to work seamlessly together as a complete system.

This includes an Arm Immortalis GPU based on the company’s 5th Generation GPU architecture, a new cluster of Armv9 CPUs intended for next-gen artificial intelligence (AI), and new software enhancements for the millions of Arm developers.

Designed as the most efficient GPU architecture that Arm has ever created, according to the company, the 5th Gen architecture has sought to redefine parts of the graphics pipeline to reduce memory bandwidth enabling the next generation of high geometry games and real-time 3D applications, while also bringing smoother gameplay and complex PC and console-like experiences to mobile.

Deferred Vertex Shading (DVS) is a new graphics feature introduced in the 5th Gen GPU architecture that redefines the dataflow, enabling partners to scale for larger core counts and higher performance points.

The Immortalis-G720 delivers 15 percent performance and efficiency improvements over the previous generation, as well as a 40 percent uplift in system-level efficiency, leading to higher quality graphics for more immersive visual experiences.

Alongside the Immortalis-G720, Arm has also added new Mali-G720 and Mali-G620 devices.

As part of TCS23, Arm also unveiled a new Armv9 Cortex CPU compute cluster, which it claims delivers double-digit performance gains alongside significant efficiency improvements.

A vital part of this high-performance cluster is the new Arm Cortex-X4, Arm’s fourth-generation Cortex-X core. According to Arm, it is the fastest CPU that the company has ever built, bringing 15 percent more performance compared to the Cortex-X3. In addition, the new power efficient microarchitecture consumes 40 percent less power than the Cortex-X3 on the same process. These performance and efficiency gains not only improve on-device experiences but are intended enable next-gen AI and ML-based applications.

Key to delivering this new generation of CPU designs, Arm announced that it is taking its long-standing partnership with TSMC further and is taping out the Cortex-X4 on the TSMC N3E process – an industry first. The aim being to maximize the PPA benefits of Arm’s new processor technologies once they are taped out.

Rounding off the 2023 CPU cluster is Arm’s new DynamIQ Shared Unit, DSU-120, which has been designed for demanding multi-thread use cases and enables a broad range of devices from wearables to smartphones and laptops.

Arm is also supporting developers enabling them to take advantage of AI and machine learning (ML) workloads by enabling its hardware with increased ML capabilities via the company’s open-source software libraries.

Arm NN and Arm Compute Library are being used by Google apps on Android with over 100 million active users already, enabling developers to optimise the execution of their ML workloads on Armv9 Cortex-A CPUs and Arm GPUs.

All new CPUs deliver 64-bit computing and Armv9 security innovation to protect against more advanced digital threats and Arm said that it was continuing to successfully deploy Arm Memory Tagging Extension (MTE), eliminating memory safety bugs that make up 70 percent of all software vulnerabilities, across the mobile ecosystem through our Armv9 generation of CPUs.