Say hello to "Denver," the codename for Nvidia's 64-bit Tegra K1 System-on-Chip (SoC), which also happens to be the first 64-bit ARM processor for Android. The new version of Nvidia's Tegra K1 SoC pairs the company's Kepler architecture-based GPU with its own custom-designed, 64-bit, dual-core "Project Denver" CPU, which Nvidia says is fully ARMv8 architecture compatible.
While AMD and Intel were watching from the sidelines as the market transitioned to mobile, ARM was busy "earning and burning, snapping necks and cashing checks," to borrow a line from Step Brothers. It's a bit more competitive today, though ARM was able to gain a foothold in the mobile market and continues to ride the momentum. As such, ARM said it added 41 licensed customers to its portfolio, bringing the total number of licenses signed to more than 1,100.
Use of inexpensive ARM SoCs could pave the way for sub-$200 Chromebooks
When Acer recently introduced the C720 Chromebook, a Haswell Core i3-toting device, we couldn’t help but wonder if users would be comfortable shelling out $350 or more for a Chromebook. This is an especially pertinent question because if there’s one thing that has helped these nifty little devices carve a niche for themselves, it is their greater affordability compared to entry-level Windows machines. The good news is that Chromebooks are likely to get even more affordable in the near future.
Expects 64-bit Tegra K1 variant to enter production ‘long before’ year’s end
Nvidia earlier this year unveiled the Tegra K1 SoC (system-on-chip) with much fanfare, touting it as a “192-core super chip.” There are two variants of the Tegra K1 : one that combines its 192-core Kepler GPU with a 32-bit quad-core CPU, and another that packs an 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture CPU (codenamed “Project Denver”) instead. While the former has already begun shipping, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang told investors during the company’s recent Q115 earnings call that the 64-bit variant is expected “to be in production long before the end of the year.”
ARM-based chip shipments totaled 2.9 billion in Q1
AMD and Intel have their work cut out for them as both companies try to wrestle mobile market share away from ARM. To kick off the first quarter of 2014, ARM Holdings reported total revenues of $305.2 million, up 16 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. That includes a 38 percent year-on-year increase in processor licensing revenue derived from 2.9 billion ARM-based chip shipments in Q1, which itself is up 11 percent compared to last year.
Opteron A1100 chips support up to eight 28nm Cortex A57 cores
AMD began sampling its Opteron A1100 64-bit ARM processors (codenamed “Seattle”) last month, the chipmaker announced during its first quarter financial results conference call Thursday. Hailing it as a key milestone “in our ambidextrous strategy,” AMD CEO Rory Read said that the company planned to begin shipping the chips in the final quarter of 2014.
New chip from ARM takes aim at smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and more
ARM on Tuesday added to its mobile arsenal by announcing its Cortex-A17 processor, a mid-range part the company hopes will find its way into a number of different devices. According to ARM, the Cortex-A17 boasts a 60 percent performance uplift over Cortex-A9 processors, making it the fastest mid-range solution available. ARM also claims that it offers superior efficiency.
AMD's foray into ARM-based server SoCs begins with the Opteron A Series
A milestone has been reached in Sunnyvale less than a month into 2014. Chip designer AMD formally introduced its first 64-bit ARM-based server system-on-chip (SoC) previously codenamed "Seattle" and now called Opteron A1100. The chip is fabricated using a 28-nanometer process technology and is the first of its kind from an established server vendor. Along with the new SoC, AMD also unveiled a new development platform intended to make software design on the Opteron A1100 Series quick and easy.
Google and Intel have been sharing similar strategies for a while now, though that might be getting ready to be taken to the next level. Reports from Bloomberg indicate that Google is considering constructing their own ARM-based servers.
ARM has "no plans" for chips because they "aren't needed"
Rumors have buzzed surrounding ARM Holdings' possible release of 128-bit chip designs to power various new smartphones. Most recently, via PCPro UK, the company was cited by the Korea Herald to promise 128-bit architecture "within the next two years."