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The world’s leader in semiconductor IP, ARM Holdings, has just released its quarterly financial results. Despite the decline in device shipments in the last quarter, ARM was still able to deliver numbers that will surely make investors smile. Quarterly revenue for the microprocessor designer increased 13% from the previous year to $209.4 million, exceeding the market’s expectations. The surge of demand in microchip helped ARM improve its pre-tax profits by 22% to $100 million. “As many aspects of our lives become digital, we continue to see an increase in the demand for ARM’s smarter and lower power technology” the company…

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In a recent interview with Forbes, Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang stated that the group of companies that manufacture ARM-based mobile processors are beginning to create a dent in Intel’s impressive global CPU market share lead. Granted, as smartphone sales have recently surpassed PC sales, this is obviously something Intel should watch out for in the future. But when it comes to numbers, Intel still accounts for more than 80% of PC and server processors sold in 2011. I wouldn’t call that a dent. The entire interview seems more like a marketing jab, especially considering the fact that Intel is about…

ARM Cortex-M0+

Regular Android Authority readers, as well as tech-buffs, know that the mobile processor market is (and has been for the past years) under an almost complete ARM dominance. OK, so what about the big smartphone CPU manufacturers, such Qualcomm, Nvidia, Samsung, Texas Instruments, or Apple? Don’t they have anything to “say” about this? Well, the thing is most smartphone CPU’s are actually built on ARM-developed architectures, no matter if we’re talking about Qualcomm’s S3 and S4 chips, Samsung’s Exynos, or Apple’s A5X SoC. Although Intel’s Medfield chip is marketed and hyped as an alternative to ARM processors, it’s safe to…

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Do you enjoy dual or even triple booting your computer devices? Fancy having more than a single OS on your mobile phone? Well, you might have to give up on any dreams of using multiple operating systems on any ARM-based device that is shipping with Windows 8 as its default operating system. According to a report by XDA Developers, Microsoft introduced a clause in the Windows 8 Hardware Certification Requirements that specifically forbids the enabling of  custom mode in the ARM’s UEFI boot. The certification states that “on an ARM system, it is forbidden to enable Custom Mode. Only Standard Mode may…

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The Intel Atom “Medfield” chip will finally be available in some smartphones this year, after Intel promised for at least 3 years that they would enter the smartphone market. Unfortunately for Intel, I think they are just rushing in with Medfield, because I don’t think it’s competitive enough in power consumption, and it’s quickly losing the performance game, too. That’s without even considering that x86 hardware (not a SoC yet) is still several times more expensive than an ARM SoC. Power Consumption Intel might get to the same power consumption level with 22nm, but I think by then they will…

Intel-vs-the-world-2012

We’ve had the privilege of being able to speak with Intel on several occasions, as well as with manufacturers that are planning on putting their fresh hot tech in upcoming generations of Android devices. Really though, to be honest, I just don’t know. In the tech world, everyone with half a brain  knows that absolutely everything is going mobile. Even a cursory glance will show that PC’s are going the way of the dinosaurs. With sales of smartphones already exceeding sales of PCs in the past short while, Intel and others in the business of making powerful, yet power-hungry processors are…

expensive-intel-atom-windows-tablets

I can’t say this comes as a completely surprise to me, but Digitimes reports that Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets will cost anywhere between $600 and $900. The reason this doesn’t come off as a surprise is because I knew x86 hardware, and especially Intel hardware, will add significantly to the cost of the tablets. Just look at what it has done to the original Google TV set top box, and also to the Chromebooks. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that all smart TV makers want to use ARM instead. Intel hardware is just much more expensive than ARM hardware,…

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When ARM announced Cortex A15 last year, they said Cortex A15 is a high-performance chip that can be used not only in smartphones and tablets, but also in notebooks, PC’s and even servers. It was very clear from the beginning that they intended to make ARM popular in the server market with this powerful chip. But one thing that was surprising and also a little disappointing was that they didn’t make this chip 64-bit. This means that any device can’t use more than 4 GB’s of RAM if the architecture only supports 32-bit. They did, however, add an extension for…

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Now this is a piece of news you won’t forget very easily. A few days ago ARM announced that we are going to see the ultra-low-power Cortex A7 sometimes in 2013-2014, and paired up with their high-performance (but still reasonable power consumption) Cortex A15, in a big.Little configuration, to save power when doing normal tasks, or to achieve maximum performance when browsing or playing games. Imagine my surprise when I read that Samsung is going to use this in their Exynos chip as early as next year, way before anyone else. This week’s ARM TechCon 2001 John Kalkman, VP LSI, Samsung Electronics…

Benchmark

With smartphone competition at an all-time high, more manufacturers than ever vying for the top spot to to make the fastest and best device(s) available. One of the newest high end devices around is the Samsung Galaxy S II. The phone packs a 1.2ghz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 (CPU), and an ARM Mali-400 (GPU). Recently, AnandTech put the device to the test. The results, well, are simply astonishing. Clocking in at a 42.5, second only to the iPad 2, is the Samsung Galaxy S II. Although second place may not seem so hot, the list in not only compiled of smartphones,…