ARM and Intel are worlds apart when it comes to success in the mobile processor market, but could the move to 64-bit mobile challenge offer Intel a second chance?
Qualcomm has announced two new Snapdragon chipsets, one aimed at the automotive industry and one destined for smart TVs. The Snapdragon 602A is an automotive-grade infotainment chipset while the Snapdragon 802 processor is Qualcomm’s first fully integrated SoC designed for Ultra HD media.
More details are emerging about Intel’s next line of processors. Code named Broadwell, they are 14nm versions of the Haswell range. Since the Haswell-Y is designed specifically for tablets, should ARM be worried?
New forecast data about the number of microprocessors shipments show that the global market for processors will rise to 1.50 billion chips by the end of this year, up from 1.21 billion in 2012. In the face of declining PC sales, the growth is due to smartphone and tablet sales.
ARM has denied rumors it is working on a 128 bit processor after a website quotes an unnamed ARM official who predicted “that a 128-bit processor could hit the market in the next two years.”
At the heart of every smartphone there is a baseband processor which contains a general purpose ARM processor and runs its own operating system. These operating systems are closed source and vulnerable to hackers.
ARM has unveiled two new members of its Mali family of GPUs. The new units are the Mali-T720 and Mali-T760. The T720 is a mid-range GPU and is seen as the successor to the very popular Mali-400 MP and 450 MP GPUs, while the Mali-T760 is ARM’s new flagship GPU and boasts a 400% increase in energy efficiency when compared to the Mali-T604.
From your smartphone, to your car, to your washing machine, there could be an ARM-designed Cortex chip in most devices that you use every day.
At IDF 2013, Intel talked about 64-bit support for Android devices, sort-of suggesting that Android 4.4 KitKat may offer such a feature – however, that particular feature is yet to be confirmed by Google.
Mobile boss JK Shin confirmed that some Samsung smartphones coming next year would be powered by 64-bit processors, though that shouldn’t surprise anyone.