​Today in London as part of ARM's TechDay 2015 event we had the pleasure to get a better insight into ARM's new Cortex-A72 CPU. ARM had announced the Cortex-A72 in the beginning of February - leaving a lot of questions to be asked and sense of mystery in the air. The Cortex-A72 is a direct successor to the Cortex-A57 - taking the predecessor as a baseline in order to iterate and improve it. On the naming side of the equation, moving from 'A57' to 'A72' rather than 'A59' or similar, ARM explains that it is purely a marketing decision as they wanted to give better differentiation between its higher-performance cores from the mid-tier and low-power cores. There seemed to be some confusion between the...

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18 by Brandon Chester on 2/23/2015

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34 by Brandon Chester on 2/18/2015

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40 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/18/2015

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42 by Brandon Chester on 2/17/2015

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111 by Joshua Ho on 2/16/2015

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66 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/16/2015

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18 by Brandon Chester on 2/15/2015

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117 by Joshua Ho & Andrei Frumusanu on 2/12/2015

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126 by Andrei Frumusanu & Ryan Smith on 2/10/2015

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8 by Brandon Chester on 2/10/2015

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59 by Ryan Smith on 2/9/2015

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12 by Brandon Chester on 2/4/2015

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167 by Joshua Ho & Ryan Smith on 2/4/2015

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49 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/3/2015

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21 by Brandon Chester on 2/2/2015

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19 by Brandon Chester on 1/30/2015

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30 by Brandon Chester on 1/29/2015

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22 by Brandon Chester on 1/27/2015

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13 by Brandon Chester on 1/27/2015

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6 by Brandon Chester on 1/21/2015

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