ARM is the company behind the architecture of almost any chip or microprocessor in mobile devices up to date. So, every smartphone, tablet, weareable or even appliance using an electronic silicon is probably powered by an ARM-based SOC. Now, the company is releasing for the first time its microprocessor specifically for the PC market with the ARM Cortex-A78C.
In details, this would be the official first attempt of the company after been acquired by Nvidia to enter the PC market. Specifically, this chip based in a 5 nm process will be designed to power high-end devices, such as PCs, laptops and tablets with a very low power consumption. In fact, the chip is suitable for those called “always on” machines that users take advantage on the go thanks to long-lasting battery, performance and connectivity.
In more technical specs, the ARM Cortex-A78C has a 8 MB L3 cache for heavy duty and demanding software, with versions of the chip running up to six and 8 cores, although top clock frequencies have not been announced just yet. In relation to graphics, this chip will be compatible with the GPU Mali-G78 as ultimate solution for games.
While other companies like Qualcomm has developed ARM-based SOCs targeted for the PC market and installing Windows in x86, ARM as company was not behind this milestone to this day.
For many experts, the move also has to do with Apple and the arrival of the ARM architecture for their Mac and Macbook line of products, encouraging the company to pursuit success in this PC market as it did in the mobile sector. However, this will not be easy with established competitors in this niche: Intel and AMD with fast and power-efficient chips and compatible with x64 operating system without emulation.