The next wave of processors from ARM is the Cortex A50 series offering serious speed boosts, 64-bit processing technology and greater energy efficiency than ever before.
Coming by way of a “Hack your Chromebook” night at Google, Olaf Johansson, a Googler, managed to get Ubuntu Linux installed and running on his ARM-based Samsung Chromebook.
ARM has just published their Q3 2012 financial results. They’re spectacular. Revenues are up 20% year on year to 144.6 million British pounds, profits are up 22% year on year to 68.1 million British pounds, and more and more companies are licensing the Mali graphics processor.
Intel’s apparent absence from the American market points toward one thing: LTE. Or to be more specific, the lack of LTE support. That might soon change, though, as Intel has confirmed plans to support LTE in the near future.
Some might argue that Intel is not a major player in the smartphone and tablet processor market anyway, which is dominated by the likes of Qualcomm, Nvidia, Samsung and Apple. But the relevance here is that Intel might take the spotlight out of RISC-based ARM platforms. The main feature: more efficient power consumption.
Every processor inside every iOS device to date has been “custom” designed by Apple. By that we mean the company has licensed application processors from ARM, graphics processors from Imagination Technologies, and then arranged various other components onto a chip that would then be manufactured by Samsung. Last week, when Apple announced the iPhone 5, they said that their latest creation, the A6, was at the heart of it. It may be the first Apple chip to have Apple designed cores.
Nvidia saw its profit double in Q2 2012, thanks to the high demand for Tegra 3 chips. The growth in sales for Nvidia’s mobile chips are compensating for Nvidia’s slow decay into irrelevance in the PC market, as manufacturers are replacing most Nvidia’s GPU’s in laptops with Intel’s integrated graphics chips. However, Nvidia might still be the one to have the one to emerge as winner against Intel with the fast growth of the mobile industry.
Although we haven’t even seen the first generation of Mali T600 series GPUs shipping, ARM is already announcing the second generation of T600 GPUs, not only for the Mali T604, but also... for the GPU-compute-oriented Mali T658. These second generation GPUs are the Mali T624 (4 cores) and Mali T628 (8 cores) for the graphics-oriented chips, and Mali T678 for the GPU compute oriented pro...
Intel went FinFET (or tri-gate transistors as they call them) at 22nm with Ivy Bridge, and now the #1 foundry, TSMC, and the #2 foundry, UMC, will also go to FinFET for... the next gen 20 nm process. However, mass production of 20nm ARM chips will probably not happen until 2014, considering 28nm is barely here in 2012, and it usually takes 2 years for the new process t...
The Vizio Co-Star Google TV might be the first Google TV box that’s worth buying. It now has access to the Google Play Store, which should include access to XBMC, support for OnLive gaming,... and great specs for the low price of $99. Take all this into account and it’s not hard to imagine why the Vizio Co-Star sold out in just 12 hours from launch.
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