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 …

Welcome in a New Professional FirePro W8100 Graphics Card from AMD

AMD has filled up its professional line of graphics cards with a new model: the AMD FirePro W8100. According to the manufacturer, the greenhorn is an optimal choice for computer-aided design, video editing, compositing, visualization, color grading, and computing tasks. The release is arranged for July, adding the variety of different versions from AMD partners, like Sapphire and others.



AMD FirePro W8100 is based on AMD GCN 2.0 graphics core with 2560 stream processors and 40 cluster units. Memory subsystem comes up with 8 GB of GDDR5 chips, featuring 512-bit interface. Its data transfer bandwidth equals to 320 Gb/sec. Upon the whole, the peak efficiency of single-precision computations achieves 4.2 TFLOPS, whereas the peak efficiency of dual-precision computations makes up 2.1 TFLOPS.


One of the major distinctive features attributed to the graphics card is the integration of four DisplayPort 1.2 ports. They allow for the connection of up to 4 monitors simultaneously; …

Here Comes a Series of Radeon R7 Graphics Cards from Sapphire

Sapphire is the company that frequently gladdens its fans with high-end advanced solutions. Thereby, it doesn’t lag behind other manufacturers who nowadays introduce their own versions of AMD’s Radeon R series of adapters. Sapphire Radeon R7 series currently counts seven models: four of them belong to Radeon R7 240 lineup, two – to Radeon R7 250 lineup, and one – to Radeon R7 260 lineup. As a result, each customer is able to choose a card, which is an optimal balance between price and facilities.



The senior model, Sapphire Radeon R7 260X, is based on AMD Bonaire XTX GPU, running at 1150 MHz frequency. It is equipped with 2 GB GDDR5 memory modules (128-bit interface) that operate at 6600 MHz effective frequency. Cooling is provided by a two-slot cooler that embraces a few heatpipes, an aluminum heatsink, and a single axial-flow fan. Video interfaces are represented by DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-I, and DVI-D ports.


A pair of Sapphire Radeon R7 250 models is distinguished …
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