ARM Readies Cortex-A72 and Mali-T880 for Mobile Devices

ARM has just announced a series of solutions for the upcoming next-generation mobile SoC. The most notable developments are Cortex-A72 processor and Mali-T880 graphics. According to the manufacturer, both components will be interconnected within SoC by means of CoreLink – CCI-500. The launch of new items is scheduled for 2016. Rockchip, MediaTek and HiSilicon are among the companies to integrate both elaborations into their products.



It should be noted that Cortex- A72 is a successor of Cortex-A57, taking analogous 64-bit operations but demonstrating three times higher performance. The new-comer will be designed under 16 nm FinFET+ technological process. Its layout corresponds to big.LITTLE framework requirements; this promotes for its combination with other ARM cores.


As far as Mali-T880 GPU is concerned, it provides for 1.8 response time increase if compared with the Mali-T760 model. Herewith, its power consumption is reduced by 40%. Moreover, this GPU might support 4K …

Biostar Unveils Specifications of A55MLV Motherboard

Biostar has given its new motherboard A55MLV certain prominence, unveiling its main specifications on the official website. Relying on the claimed data, a new product is developed in micro-ATX form factor and is targeted primarily at compact desktops applied in home and office systems. What is more, this motherboard aims at drawing customers who struggle for utmost performance, limitless facilities, and moderate price.



Biostar A55MLV is based on AMD A55 system logics and accommodates Socket FM1 to be compatible with a number of high-end processors. It supports the following APUs from AMD which TDP level does not exceed 100W: E2, A4, A6 and A8 series. This motherboard contains two DIMM slots that support up to 16GB of DDR3 memory type (800, 1066, 1333, 1600, 1866), operating at one-channel or two-channel modes.


The model boasts the availability of four SATA II ports, a single PCI port, one PCI-e 2.0 x16 port, six USB 2.0 ports, network Ethernet LAN 10/100 (Atheros AR8152), …

AMD Has Published the Timing of Low-End Ryzen Models Bulk Sale Start

One can stop making wild guesses as far as AMD has voiced the official time frame of the beginning of low-end Ryzen models bulk sale. 6-core CPUs will come out in the 2nd quarter this year, and 4-core Ryzen 3 will be available in the second part of 2017.



Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 will possess the similar architecture as their higher-order counterparts. According to some resources, the only nuance is that in Ryzen 3 the SMT technology will be disabled, however, this device will cost less than $149. Ryzen 5 chips will come in at $175–259 (not much for 6 cores with SMT support).


The top-rank sample among 6-core AMD processors is AMD Ryzen 5 1600X offering the 3.6/4.0 GHz frequency rate. It will cost $259, which is only $15–20 more, than Intel Core i5-7600K. Simultaneously, according to pretests results, Ryzen 5 1600X will be 69% more effective in a multi-threaded context.
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