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With all the attention surrounding Windows 10 S right now, it’s easy to forget that Microsoft has another variant of Windows 10 arriving later this year. In late 2016, Microsoft announced that it is working on a Windows 10 SKU that will run natively on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors. In a move that makes Windows 10 on ARM more capable than Windows 10 S, Microsoft announced this week at Build 2017 that the former will support all of your legacy Win32 apps. “You also have all of the apps that you’re used to,” said Microsoft Group Product Manager Hari Pulapaka during the Windows 10 on ARM Build... Read more...
ARM has become a name that is synonymous with highly efficient (and powerful) chip designs; designs that power a wide variety of devices that we come in contact with on a daily basis. Chances are that there is an ARM chip in your smartphone, tablet, wireless router, media streamer, or even in your state-of-the art “connected” car. But as we enter into an age where artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming a bigger part of our lives, we need even more powerful processors to leverage these capabilities. As a result, ARM is looking to advance its big.LITTLE architecture with a forward-looking design... Read more...
Last week, Microsoft made a surprise mention that it had been working with Qualcomm to bring Windows Server to ARM, a tidbit that no doubt sent many into a frenzy. At Intel, we wouldn't be surprised if a little bit of anxiety was felt.  From a consumer or enterprise standpoint, Windows Server on ARM could sound like an interesting route to take. Well, as it happens, Microsoft didn't announce that Windows Server was going to become available for ARM. Instead, the company has been using WS on ARM internally, and as for now, that's not going to be changing. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley verified this... Read more...
Qualcomm isn’t the only manufacturer looking to cut into Intel’s seemingly insurmountable lead in the server chip market. We’re also seeing a challenge from lesser known MACOM, which is employing an ARM chip design that promises high performance (particularly in regards to memory bandwidth) with incredible efficiency. MACOM’s X-Gene 3 is built using a 16nm FinFET manufacturing process, features 32 64-bit ARMv8-A cores running at 3GHz, supports 16 DIMMs via eight DDR4-2667 memory channels (up to 1TB of memory is supported) and 42 PCIE Gen 3 lanes. MACOM claims that the X-Gene 3, which is now shipping... Read more...
As if AMD’s new Ryzen processors weren’t enough to make Intel grab for a bottle of antacids, it looks as though Microsoft’s latest partnership could challenge the world’s dominant processor manufacturer in the lucrative server market (Intel commands well in excess of 90 percent of the server chip market according to IDC). No, we’re not talking about AMD’s Naples server chips, which also should give Intel pause, but Microsoft's efforts to ensure that Qualcomm ARM processors can run its Windows Server operating system. Microsoft says that it has already built a version of Windows Server that offers... Read more...
Apple’s notebook computers aren’t exactly known as energy hogs — well, if we toss aside the Consumer Reports battery fiasco that was attributed to a Safari bug — but it’s always appreciated to eek as much battery life as possible out of a machine. Given that Apple has full control over the hardware and software stack of its products, it has always had an advantage when it comes to optimizing for power efficiency. A new report indicates that Apple is taking an additional step in its efforts to increase Mac battery life by developing a custom ARM chip that will handle low-power tasks, easing the... Read more...
ARM and TSMC have become quite the duo over the years, combining the latter's cutting-edge process technologies with the former's processor IP. It is a partnership that has been working, hence why the two committed earlier this year to collaborating on a marketable 7nm FinFET chip. The fruits of their efforts have paid off—ARM announced today that it has licensed its Artisan physical IP platform for TSMC's 7nm FinFET process technology to Xilinx, the fabless semiconductor company known for inventing the field programmable gate array (FPGA). Xilinx isn't a new customer by any means. It has partnered... Read more...
If Windows RT was Microsoft’s first effort to dip its toe with respect to running Windows apps on ARM processors, its latest effort is tantamount to diving in head-first. Microsoft just made a monumental announcement with regards to running Windows on ARM-based processors that power so many of the world's mobile devices. The company has enabled the ability to support the complete Windows 10 ecosystem with x86 emulation on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors -- and yes, it runs very well. Unlike Windows RT, this is a full version of Windows 10 that is compiled to run natively on Qualcomm Snapdragon... Read more...
The IoT movement is well under way, for better or worse. On the plus side, we now have access to a wide range of internet-connected devices ranging from smartwatches to webcams to thermostats to even refrigerators. On the downside, these devices can be compromised, leading to massively powerful botnets that have the ability to take cripple websites with DDoS attacks. ARM is well aware of these dangers as we wade deeper into IoT waters, so it has announced new family of Cortex-M processors that will help secure future connected devices. ARM is making a big push to offer more security-related features... Read more...
It's taken a few years, but Intel has finally started sampling to customers its Stratix 10, the industry's first 14-nanometer field programmable array (FPGA). This is something chip designer Altera tapped Intel to do back in 2013, though it hit delays along the way. Nevertheless, when Intel acquired Altera last year for $16.7 billion, it assured clients and investors that Altera's ARM-based chips would still be developed going forward. Well, here we are. Stratix 10 meshes Intel's 14nm tri-gate process technology with a new architecture called HyperFlex. It features an embedded quad-core 64-bit... Read more...
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Intel was an ARM license holder back in the early days of the personal digital assistant (PDA), and found its StrongARM and XScale chips in devices like the HP Compaq iPaq 5450 and other products of that ilk. But Intel jettisoned its ARM division in 2006 to focus on x86 processors, only to see a huge surge in ARM processor deployments with the rise of smartphones a few short years later. Intel tried to counter with its own low-powered, x86-based smartphones SoCs, but its efforts proved futile. Now, Intel is deciding to wade back in to the ARM waters as an ARM licensee.... Read more...
If you currently are in possession of a smartphone (and who isn’t these days), there’s probably close to a 99 percent chance that it’s running on a processor that was originally designed by ARM Holdings. ARM doesn’t actually build the chips that you find in smartphones like Apple’s iPhone 6s or Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge; but it does license its processor designs and related IP directly and allows licensees to create their own custom processors using ARM instruction set compatible architectures. A big shakeup is about to happen at ARM, because Japanese powerhouse SoftBank has offered to purchase... Read more...
Over the last few weeks, ARM has revealed a number of details regarding its next-generation mobile processor IP. We posted news on ARM’s 10nm Artemis test chip here, which was manufactured in concert with TSMC, and also have numerous details regarding the upcoming high-performance ARM A73 CPU and Mali G71 GPU cores, due to arrive in premium mobile devices by year’s end.Today, ARM is taking things a step further and introducing another building block for next-gen SoCs (system on a chip), a new video processor codenamed Egil.When ARM’s customers license the company’s technology for their mobile processors,... Read more...
In this latest episode HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast, Dave, Marco and Paul chat about Intel's Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition Broadwell-E based 10-core chip, AMD's Polaris Radeon RX 480 GPU, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1070, ARM's next-gen 10nm Cortex A73 for smartphones, a slick Dell notebook, and details of a sweet giveaway where you can win some great Lenovo gear! Show Notes: 01:22 - Intel Core i7-6950X 10-Core CPU Review: Broadwell-E Takes Flight 12:15 - AMD Demos 8-Core 16-Thread Zen 'Summit Ridge' Desktop Processor At Computex 18:22 - ARM Cortex-A73 Taps 10nm FinFET And Mali-G71 GPU For... Read more...
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