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Rumor: Qualcomm, Nvidia and Broadcom to announce 64-bit processors at CES 2014
According to new reports Qualcomm, Nvidia and Broadcom are all ready to release 64-bit quad-core processors during the first six months of 2014. This is likely true as Ian Drew, ARM’s Chief Marketing Officer and EVP for Business Development, recently wrote that during 2014 there will be a increase in the number of ARM based 64-bit solutions available not only for mobile devices but also for the networking and server markets. The Digi Times is reporting that the three chip vendors are planning to announce 64-bit solutions soon, maybe even as soon as January during CES 2014.
Industry observers who spoke with the Digi Times are suggesting that Qualcomm, Nvidia and Broadcom have all reworked their product roadmaps for 2014 so that they can release 64-bit smartphone solutions during Q1 and Q2.
It is thought that MediaTek, who recently announced its 8-core Cortex-A7 processor – the MT6592, will be ready with a 64-bit solution during the second half of 2014 while Allwinner, another low-cost processor manufacturer which supplies processors to the white-label Chinese tablet market, will introduce a 64-bit chip based on the ARM Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 cores late in 2015.
In terms of 64-bit software it looks like Google is making progress on a 64-bit version of Android. Helping out is Intel which recently demonstrated a 64-bit Android kernel running on a Bay Trail processor.