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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 through a bit of prodding, with Microsoft explicitly stating that this interesting OS release is for... 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 to select customers, is "the most powerful ARM CPU available today". One curious bit of wording... 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 native support for ARM chips, and it is using this branch of the operating system for its own internal... 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 burden of the primary Intel processor. According to well-connected Apple insider Mark Gurman, the chip... 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 with ARM for four process technology generations and has worked with both companies to advance... 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 hardware. That means customers are no longer limited to only running Universal Windows... 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 at the hardware level, and is extending its TrustZone solutions for IoT. “Confidentiality of data... 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 ARM processor (Cortex-A53), 5.5-million logic elements, and second generation High Bandwidth Memory... 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. The chip giant will not design and market its own ARM-based designs, but it will offer its mammoth... 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 the British multinational tech company for around $31.4 billion in cash. This lofty price tag represents... 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, different components (or component configurations) are used to build a chip that targets... 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 Smartphone VR Revolution 30:06 - First AMD Polaris Radeon RX 480 Unveil Targets Mainstream VR Experiences... Read more...
Earlier this month, we told you a bit about the next generation 64-bit ARM v8-A mobile processor core, codenamed Artemis. Artemis is built using TSMC’s 10nm FinFET process technology and promises some pretty sizable performance and efficiency gains over the Cortex-A72, which is built using a 16nm FinFET process. Today, we’re able to disclose the official name and a number of details for ARM's next-gen mobile processor core and a new GPU as well: Cortex-A73 and Mali-G71. ARM is billing the 11-stage pipeline Cortex-A73 as the the world’s most efficient premium mobile CPU, as it offers up to 30 percent greater performance than the outgoing Cortex-A72 while operating within a similar or lower... Read more...
ARM has been working closely with TSMC – the Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company – for a number of years now. Over the last six years or so especially, ARM and TSMC have collaborated to ensure that the latter’s cutting-edge process technologies work well with the former’s processor IP. So, with every generation since 2010, the companies have built ARM’s most advanced processor cores on TSMC’s most advanced emerging process nodes.The collaboration successfully began with a test chip produced at 28nm, but today ARM is announcing the successful tape-out of a test chip featuring next-generation, premium 64-Bit ARM v8-A mobile processor cores, codenamed Artemis, and manufactured using TSMC’s... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, we had to report on the unfortunate news that Intel would be laying off 11% of its workforce, which equates to roughly 12,000 workers. With this move, Intel assured investors that it would be refocusing its efforts going forward, in effect chopping off what doesn't have a significant return and looking to products that do. This refocusing has led Intel to drop a bomb on their Atom product line. In effect, chips destined for smartphones and tablets are no longer on the roadmap. Instead, resources that were dedicated to the currently-available Sofia chip and upcoming Broxton have been reallocated to "products that deliver higher returns and advance our strategy."... Read more...
It could be said that ARM chips are what help make the world go ‘round these days, at least in terms of mobile and embedded applications. And ARM is back at it again with with a next generation of its Cortex-R Series real-time processor architecture. The British multinational semiconductor IP company has unveiled the new Cortex-R8, which offers a number of significant improvements over its Cortex-R7 predecessor (released in 2011). The new architecture is targeted at extremely low latency processing, much like the previous gen, but with a number of key enhancements and features for critical real-time processing applications. For starters, ARM says the the Cortex-R8 provides twice the performance... Read more...
Huawei may not be a household name here in the US, nor does the brand name roll off the tongue easily for many Americans, but you might be surprised to learn that the Chinese networking and telecommunications manufacturer is the 3rd largest smartphone supplier in the world, behind Apple and Samsung. Much of that global market share comes from China, but the company has been making significant inroads here in the US with devices like Google's Nexus 6P, which is a Huawei private labeled device.  Further, like Samsung and Apple, Huawei has access to significant manufacturing capabilities, including their own semiconductor design house called HiSilicon, which is a wholly owned subsidiary. In... Read more...
It appears that 4K fever has struck with a vengeance in the desktop monitor and television sectors as the “Next Big Thing.” 4K displays are even bubbling up in the notebook market with devices like the Dell XPS 15 and Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro. But what about 4K displays in smartphones? While most would agree that it’s overkill, Sony’s Xperia Z5 Premium can playback videos and display pictures in 4K (it defaults to 1080p resolution for all other content to conserve battery life). ARM is betting on 4K becoming a much bigger deal in the smartphone and tablet markets, which is why it has pulled the wraps off its Mali-DP650 mobile display processor. ARM says that the chip is optimized or 2.5K displays... Read more...
It's starting to seem like Microsoft is a glutton for punishment. The fact that the Redmond company's foray with Windows RT fizzled before it could even get started -- something all-too-real for those who had enough faith in Microsoft to purchase an equipped device -- isn't a surprise at all. Today, it seems few people who bought into Windows RT feel like it was worth it, and the fact that Microsoft didn't even bother porting Windows 10 to the platform is proof that it was just a lost cause. But, a lost cause might be temporary, and based on a new job listing posted by Microsoft, one mere lost cause isn't enough to shelve an idea forever. Microsoft's Surface RT, running Windows RT In this job... Read more...
AMD is adding a new family of Opterons to its enterprise processor line-up today called the Opteron A1100 series. Unlike AMD’s previous enterprise offerings, however, these new additions are packing ARM-based processor cores, not the X86 cores AMD has been producing for years. The Opteron A1100 series is designed for a variety of use cases and applications, including networking, storage, dense and power-efficient web serving, and 64-bit ARM software development.The Opteron A1100 System-on-Chip (SoC), was formerly codenamed “Seattle” and it represents the first 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57-based platform from AMD. The AMD Opteron A1100 utilizes off-the-shelf ARM Cortex-A57 processor cores, with integrated... Read more...
If you purchased a higher-end smartphone in the past two years, chances are good that it has an SoC under its hood that packs ARM's ARMv8 architecture. It's what made 64-bit mobile processors possible, and with that comes increased performance as well as the ability to utilize lots of memory, among other processing efficiencies. Today, it's not hard to find ARMv8 in even modest smartphones, some of which could cost under $100. But in emerging markets, the architecture has been nonexistent. This is a problem ARM is planning to solve. It plans to do that with its brand new Cortex-A35, a microarchitecture that aims for ultra high efficiency and will target the "next billion smartphone users... Read more...
It might be needless to put a ton of CPU cores inside of a smartphone, but it makes all the sense in the world to put a lot of them in a server. Of course, mega-core server CPUs are nothing new. Both AMD and Intel offer Hulk-smashing chips with up to 18 cores, and in some cases, up to eight of those can be packed into a single server. It's the stuff geek tears are made of. Sometimes, however, high-end processors are not needed; just lots of cores. It's for that reason that there's been an uptick in servers utilizing ARM-based processors. While these might not be as full-featured as a chip from Intel or AMD, they can prove to be extremely efficient in many different workloads. An example of an... Read more...
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