PC Laptops in the Mobile Era

The lines between compute devices are blurring as PC laptops increasingly become LTE laptops. Work often takes place on a docked mobile device, and with all data in one place, any location becomes a workplace. As a result, laptop computer designers face several challenges when choosing laptop processors for performance and battery life. For example, how to power 4K high-dynamic range (HDR) displays while running multiple windows of apps simultaneously. Furthermore, laptops are becoming more “mobile-like,” with Chrome and Windows on Arm, more single-thread performance and higher compute density in smaller form factors are essential requirements.


Always On, Always Connected Laptops

Much like the smartphone, consumers now expect their mobile PC devices to be ‘always-on, always-connected’ for productivity anywhere. The latest premium devices have built-in modems for constant connectivity, and extended battery life of 20 to 30 hours. Processing on these devices must be high performance within thermal and power constraints. Arm is meeting this challenge with processor technology that delivers laptop-class performance while maintaining the power efficiency of a smartphone. Year-on-year Arm Cortex-A processors for laptops are providing more performance at best-in-class efficiency.

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Notebooks Offer Optimal Performance

With the release of the first Always On, Always Connected PCs, we witnessed the culmination of a user-driven shift in what it means to offer optimal performance and capability in a notebook. See how this second-generation of Always On, Always Connected PC based on Arm DyamIQ technology is moving the needle.

Consumer Demand for PC Form Factors

Consumers now expect their laptop experience to match how they use their smartphone. Read about the form factors, features and experiences that consumers want from the next generation of laptops.

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Cortex-A Processor


The Cortex-A processor series is designed for devices to undertake complex compute tasks, such as hosting a rich operating system platform and supporting multiple software applications and embedded designs. Cortex-A processors power intelligent solutions, from edge to cloud, for next-generation experiences.

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Arm System IP enables system designers to configure and build performant, power-efficient SoCs while further differentiating by combining Arm processors with their own IP elements via industry-standard AMBA interfaces.

WoA Demo at MWC

Arm has been working with Qualcomm and Microsoft to deliver connected PC laptop technology on highly mobile, highly efficient processors for OEMs to reinvigorate the PC market. See Windows 10 on Arm in action at this video from Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona.