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If we're going by market share numbers alone, then Intel rules the desktop world, and all but owns the netbook and nettop landscapes. But when it comes to mobile handheld devices like smartphones and tablets, well, ARM is the one flexing its muscle. It's no secret that Intel wants to make its presence known in this space, but how can it compete with an already established platform that's kicking tail and taking names? Simply put, Intel's off to the races with an expedited Atom roadmap. The Santa Clara chip maker pretty much put the world on notice that it's coming, and in a big way. "We decided, looking forward, that our roadmap was inadequate," Intel CEO Paul Otellini said Tuesday during the... Read more...
Earlier this week, we covered AMD's announcement of its upcoming OpenCL programming conference and how it plans to offer information on making the most of its Llano APU and that processor's capabilities. One of the rumors rumbling around since then has been whether AMD and ARM would pursue any sort of cross-licensing agreement. AMD's director of client products, John Taylor, has since shot down the idea that AMD might build an ARM-based processor, noting: "We've made a big bet on APUs, which are x86." AMD may not be planning an ARM core, but the two companies have been making nice for several months. ARM's vice president of media technologies, Jem Davies, is scheduled to keynote the upcoming... Read more...
ARM Semiconductor, the company whose IP drives a lot of the world's smartphone and tablet devices today, posted excellent Q1 results for the past quarter. Revenue was up 26 percent to $185.5 million and the company's growth significantly outpaced the overall growth of the semiconductor industry. It signed a total of 39 licensees for its technology this last quarter, and 35 in Q4 2010. A total of 1.85 billion ARM processors were manufactured during Q1, even as the licensing firm signed agreements with the likes of Broadcom and LG Electronics. At present, 61 percent of all mobile device processors are based on ARM technology. "We've had a few quarters now where licensing has been extremely strong... Read more...
If there's a big winner in the tech world over the past two years, it'd have to be Apple. The numbers are just insane. But what about ARM as the dark horse? ARM remains a relatively unknown name in the consumer world, but their products are making the gadgets tick for millions of users. Couple that with the fact that Microsoft recently revealed that Windows could run on ARM systems, and you've got a whole mess of success. This week, LG Electronics has licensed ARM's processor technology, providing yet another reason to believe in the brand. The deal provides access to the high performance, low-power ARM Cortex processor and Mali GPU families, which includes the Cortex-A15 MPCore and Cortex-A9... Read more...
AMD is hosting its first AMD Fusion Developer Summit (AFDS) this year, from June 13-16. The conference will focus on OpenCL and Llano's performance capabilities under various related usage models. Sunnyvale is billing the event as a chance to participate and learn from experts, all in accordance with the company's belief that: "the computing industry is quietly undergoing a revolution bigger than any change it has seen since the semiconductor was first introduced: the rise of GPUs and APUs." Llano's die (rotated 90, in this case. The DX11 cores are to the left and occupy a significant chunk of the die overall. One interesting twist is that the keynote address will be given by Jem Davies, currently... Read more...
When Steve Jobs launched the iPad 2 recently, he was even more close-mouthed about its enhancements than usual. With NVIDIA's Tegra 2 starting to ship en masse and tablets on the hot seat for 2011, there's a tremendous amount of interest in the iPad 2's nuts and bolts. Much of that interest has focused on the tablet's new A5 processor and upgrading GPU; detailed information is beginning to emerge. While it's too early in the year to know for certain, it looks as though Samsung's pessimistic evaluation of its new Galaxy tablet might be right on target. Breaking Down the iPad 2 The A5 that powers the iPad 2 is a dual-core Cortex-A9 processor running at 1GHz. At 122mm sq it's more than twice the... Read more...
ARM used to be an important company. Today, ARM is a critical company, and with mobility becoming ever more important, ARM's stake in the market is growing tremendously. Fujitsu Semiconductor is the latest company to hop onboard the train that ARM is powering, with the two signing a strategic partnership that enables a license agreement between the duo. The agreement covers ARM IP products, and through the strategic agreement, Fujitsu Semiconductor will offer platforms featuring the latest ARM technology including the Cortex-A15 processor, Mali graphics and CoreLink systems IP, in order to help accelerate its customers’ product development. In truth, the two have been working together for... Read more...
When Nvidia announced its next-generation Tegra product at the Mobile World Conference, it pulled out all the stops in an effort to impress. The stats themselves were impressive—the chip packs a twelve-core GeForce GPU in with a quad-core ARM CPU—but NV opted to hammer home the point by showing benchmark results. According to Nvidia, Kal-El turned in a score of 11,352 in the embedded processor benchmark Coremark while a T7200 Core 2 Duo (65nm, 2GHz dual-core, 4MB L2, 667MHz FSB) returned a score of just 10,136. If you want to see Nvidia's original video, you can do so here. We weren't completely sold on the results because, as we explained: The program [Coremark], published by the... Read more...
NVIDIA took the wraps off its first quad-core Tegra processor design at the Mobile World Conference today and it's a sight to behold. Dubbed Kal-El, the new chip will be capable of outputting 1440P video content and offer 300 DPI on devices with a 10.1" display. NVIDIA is claiming that Kal-El will deliver 5x the performance of Tegra 2 and ship with a 12-core GeForce GPU as well. NVIDIA has posted two different videos of Kal-El in action. In the first, the future Tegra product is being used to browse the 'net as part of a benchmark called NVBench.   In the second video below, Team Green uses an industry standard benchmark known as CoreMark to compare the performance of Kal-El, Tegra 2, and... Read more...
Take a look at your power outlet. If you saw a DreamPlug PC there, you could mistake it for nothing more than your mobile phone charger. Yet Globalscale Technologies' newest Linux PC offers enough zing to make the "plug computing" concept a serious one. The DreamPlug is built with a Marvell Sheeva 1.2GHz CPU coupled with 512MB of DDR2 RAM. It runs on Linux and offers an astounding number of must-have PC features for a device that fits in the palm of your hand: 2MB of Flash, an integrated 1GB microSD card, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port, an SD card slot, audio in/out, optical out, WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. All this in a 110mm x 69.5mm x 48.5 mm package. So what's... Read more...
IBM and ARM are extending their collaboration on advanced semiconductor technologies in an effort to enable faster development of next-generation mobile products. The two companies have worked together since 2008 and have improved SoC density, routability, manufacturability, power consumption, and performance through their collaborative efforts. With the latest agreement, ARM and IBM will jointly develop design platforms to align the manufacturing process, microprocessor and physical IP design teams.  By collaborating, the companies hope to accelerate the introduction of advanced electronics. IBM and ARM to Collaborate on Advanced Semiconductor Technology for Mobile Electronics Agreement... Read more...
A little earlier today, in a jam packed meeting room in the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, we spent about an hour listening to NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang speak about the massive influx of mobile computing devices over the last few years and NVIDIA’s plans to better infiltrate the burgeoning market moving forward. During his address, Mr. Huang spoke almost exclusively about the company’s Tegra 2 processor and its capabilities and performance, although he also dropped a bombshell to close his talk about NVIDIA’s “Project Denver”—more on that one in a bit. While discussing the mobile computing space, NVIDIA’s CEO stated that Tegra 2 will usher in the era of... Read more...
One of the big announcements at CES this year will be from Microsoft; the company plans to announce (and possibly demonstrate) a consumer-centric version of  Windows running on ARM processors. The company's decision is a powerful endorsement. Other Microsoft products like Windows Embedded and Windows Mobile support ARM products but the software giant has never released a non-x86 mainstream version of Windows.* It'll be quite awhile before we see an actual shipping OS. Microsoft has already sunk months of work into the endeavor, but vendor driver support is expected to take quite some time. There's also the question of software support—one reason the non-x86 versions of Windows NT ultimately... Read more...
Are you smarter than your smartphone? And how "smart" is that "smart"phone, anyway? At the ARM Developer Conference in Silicon Valley this week, we found out. An HTC Nexus One smartphone was able to solve a Rubik's Cube in 12.5 seconds, which is probably far quicker than you ever could. No offense. It's possible that this was the fastest time ever for an electronically solved Rubik's Cube. There's a video here which shows the current 3x3x3 cube-solver’s 15-second average, while the video beneath that shows an ARM-powered Android solve of a 7x7x7. The technology behind this all is rather impressive, and detailed in the via link. But by now, you've probably already drifted away to watch the... Read more...
Marvell this week announced a new quad-core ARM processor intended for servers as part of its ARMADA XP platform. It's the fastest ARM chip on the planet for enterprise class applications and could be just the thing ARM needs to steal some market share away from AMD in the server sector. The ARMADA XP processor comes clocked at 1.6GHz per core and includes a bunch of I/O peripherals baked into the platform, such as memory, networking, and storage interfaces. It's been optimized to consume low power and billed as an ideal candidate for cloud computing projects, including high performance networking to high volume home server products (think NAS boxes). It's a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) based on the... Read more...
Texas Instruments added two new AM389x Sitara ARM microprocessors to its portfolio. Designed for use in single-board computers, gateways, routers, servers, industrial automation, human machine interfaces (HMIs) and point-of-service data terminals, the new AM3892 and the AM3894 offer PCIExpress Gen2, SATA 2.0, dual Gigabit Ethernet, and dual DDR2/DDR3 interfaces. According to Texas Instruments, the new microprocessors are the industry’s highest-performing, single-core ARM Cortex-A8 with performance at up to 1.5 GHz. Offering industry’s highest-performing single-core ARM® Cortex™-A8 and extreme system integration, Texas Instruments introduces its newest AM389x Sitara™... Read more...
In the past nine months Oracle both acquired Sun Microsystems and recently launched an updated version of that company's 'Niagra' processor. That's an impressive amount of work in such a short time, but Oracle CEO Larry Ellison isn't done shopping. Last Friday, at a company investment meeting, Ellison stated: "Our focus is to build our [intellectual property] portfolio,” Ellison said during the meeting with analysts, according to Reuters. “You could see us buying chip companies. Silicon is very important, software IP is very important." Speculation on which chip companies sent ARM, AMD, and even NVIDIA stocks upwards. Oracle could easily purchase any of the three, or even all of them... Read more...
Earlier this week, we detailed GlobalFoundries roadmap for the next few years and touched on the company's rapidly growing list of partners. A new announcement from ARM today sheds fresh detail on where the semiconductor industry is headed in the next few years. Say hello to the next-generation ARM core, the ARM Cortex-A15. Unlike the ARM-A5 architecture, whose launch we covered nearly a year ago, ARM-15 is aimed squarely at high-end markets. The degree of overlap suggests that A15 may nudge A8 out of the lineup altogether. The A15 is based on the same ARM v7-A Cortex architecture as the A9, but adds support for LPAE (Long Physical Address Extensions) and is designed to maintain cache coherency... Read more...
On September 1, GlobalFoundries played host to the first annual Global Technology Conference (GTC for short). While there were a fair number of partner presentations on display, the conference was primarily driven by GlobalFoundries executives and announcements. When we spoke to GlobalFoundries in March we remarked on the company's aggressive roadmap; we were curious to see if the company would still be on track six months later... GlobalFoundries Details Plans For 2011 And Beyond... Read more...
On September 1, GlobalFoundries played host to the first annual Global Technology Conference (GTC for short). While there were a fair number of partner presentations on display, the conference was primarily driven by GlobalFoundries executives and announcements. When we spoke to GlobalFoundries in March we remarked on the company's aggressive roadmap; we were curious to see if the company would still be on track six months later. Based on comments made by company CEO Doug Grose, GlobalFoundries is on track to realize some $4 billion in revenue for the year 2010 and plans to double its size within two years (it's unclear if this refers to revenue, wafer starts, or customer base). The company's... Read more...
With the announcement of a new dual-core processor that is designed to be used in tablet PCs, netbooks, and smartphones, Samsung is giving us a glimpse at what may be coming in 2011. The new processor, codenamed Orion, contains a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores. This processor will be able to handle 1080p video playback and recording at 30 frames per second. In addition, devices that use the processor such as a smartphone will be able to support two displays while also driving a third external display such as a TV or monitor via an HDMI port. Samsung is also touting Orion's graphics capabilities: According to the company, Orion is capable of delivering five times the 3D graphics performance... Read more...
Apple's diminutive A4 processor has been the subject of much debate and interest since it debuted earlier this year. Now, multiple analysts and industry pundits are quietly hinting that we might see the chip in servers, set-top boxes, or other content servers. Much of this last is presumably drawn from the CPU's inclusion in the next-generation AppleTV, where a combined A4+PowerVR SGX535 allow for 720p output. In some ways, this is a very timely rumor—when we attended the GlobalFoundries Tech Conference (GTC 2010) last week we talked with ARM reprensentatives about the future performance of ARM-based products and GlobalFoundries decision to use the dual-core Cortex-A9 as a technology qualification... Read more...
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