According to Microsoft-watcher Paul Thurrott, Microsoft may be working toward a future where Windows 8 tablets ship without the Windows desktop. Users of these ARM-based devices would be limited to the Metro interface. This would be a significant departure from Redmond’s previous “no compromises” strategy that would have provided users both operating environments on ARM systems.
Samsung Korea today announced what it claims is the industry's first next-generation ARM Cortex-A15 equipped 2GHz dual-core system-on-chip (SoC). Dubbed 'Exynos 5250,' this dual-core part is built using a 32nm manufacturing process and offers roughly twice the performance as that of existing 1.5GHz dual-core Cortex A9 products, Samsung claims.
Windows 8 will be the first version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system to support ARM-based chips. When you’re asked to imagine ARM-based devices running Windows 8, isn’t it hard to think beyond tablets? But that is not the case with NVIDIA and Qualcomm, who are said to be banking on the Windows on ARM (WoA) platform to make a dent in the notebook market.
Next year is going to be a busy one for Qualcomm. The mobile chip maker announced a whole bunch of new Snapdragon chipsets, including several upgraded parts designed for entry-level smartphones transitioning from 2G to 3G. Along with higher end chips for feature-rich smartphones and tablets, Qualcomm is also making a push into Windows 8 PCs.
If you want to talk about unlikely bedfellows, how about Intel and ARM? These two have been slowly encroaching into each other's territories, with Intel wanting to move into handheld devices like smartphones and tablets, and ARM interested in taking a slice of the desktop pie. Even so, Intel is apparently a semiconductor partner related to ARM's Mali graphics ecosystem.
Remember our quick blurb about how Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich was going to turn mobile devices into portable gaming machines thanks to its gamepad and HDMI support? At the time, we thought playing Game Dev Story on a big screen would be cool. Our excitement factor just increased ten-fold on the heels of ARM’s announcement of the eight-core Mali-T658 mobile GPU, which ARM claims can pump out Playstation 3-quality graphics on mobile devices and smart TVs. There’s a catch, though.
With all the success ARM is enjoying in the mobile market, including tablets PCs, smartphones, and just about every handheld device you can think of, it's somewhat surprising the company hasn't had a 64-bit instruction set up to this point. That's about to change. ARM just disclosed some technical specs of its new ARMv8 architecture, the first to include a 64-bit instruction set.
Chip designer ARM Holdings Plc reported results for its third fiscal quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2011, and what a quarter it was. Thanks to an insatiable demand for smartphones and tablets, as well as other sectors ARM has its fingers planted in, net profits more than doubled from last year, while revenues jumped 20 percent to £120.2 million (around US$192.2 million).
Intel may have the PC processor market in a virtual stranglehold, but on the mobile front, ARM’s low-powered chips have made the company a contender. The diminutive new Cortex A7 processor announced today is one-fifth the size and uses one-fifth the power of the Cortex A8, but ARM has big things planned for it. Not only does the company have eyes on the sub-$100 phone market, but new technology that ARM calls “big.LITTLE processing” could have the A7 serving as a plucky little Robin to the beefier Cortex A15’s Batman.