Microsoft’s been tripping over itself to show ARM some love and develop a tablet version of Windows 8 that can run on the developer’s low-powered processors. But don’t think the giant in Redmond is smitten just because of all the batted eyelashes and blown kisses; Intel was busy showing off Windows 8 on a tablet at the IDF yesterday, and to top that off, Microsoft’s VP of cloud and servers said that the company isn’t developing an ARM-powered version of its upcoming Windows Server 8.
Canonical hasn't been bashful about backing ARM, injecting support for the alternative processor into its desktop Ubuntu platform nearly three years ago before tablets and 1GHz smartphones made ARM the talk of the town. Now comes word that Ubuntu Server 11.10 will support ARM processors and ship simultaneously with x86 and x86-64 platforms.
What could a mouse possibly want with a 32-bit ARM processor? We're sure Jerry could concoct a few high tech contraptions designed to thwart Tom, but SteelSeries has something else in mind. The company's new Sensei is being billed as "the most customizable mouse to ever hit the competitive gaming industry," and it's mostly thanks to the ARM chip that allows for hardware-based sensitivity settings and real-time calculations that eliminate interpolation and extrapolation delays.
Cambridge chip designer ARM Holdings posted results for its second quarter and half year ended June 30, 2011. Revenue for the quarter jumped 27 percent to $190.2 million, up from $150.3 million one year prior. Total revenue for the year did slightly better, jumping 28 percent from $293.6 million one year ago to $375.7 million in the first half of 2011. Those numbers are somewhat modest by chip giant standards, but it's worth noting ARM added 29 processor licenses in the second quarter alone.
ARM is the world’s leading supplier of 32-bit CPU cores for cell-phone processors, consumer electronics, and embedded systems. Lately, this relatively small British company has been irritating Intel, which is trying to muscle into ARM’s low-power territory, so AMD and ARM share a common enemy. Their hugfest at AMD’s conference has important implications.
Remember that old Johnny Carson bit where he pretended to be the swami and guessed the contents of an envelope he held over his forehead? Maybe some of those psychic powers transferred over to us here at Maximum PC. No, we're not saying we can pick tomorrow's lotto numbers, but damn we have a knack for timely scheduling. Hot on the heels of our ARM vs. x86 feature – you've checked it out, right? – comes the news that ARM processors are projected to be the driving force behind nearly a quarter of all notebook PCs by 2015.
The desktop computer as we know it could be in danger! Our hobby is doomed!
Let’s face it. We’re all going to be reading these words a trillion times during the next 12 months. So we decided to head this one off at the pass. Is the onset of ARM a real threat to desktop computing, or is it more of an evolutionary force?
Steve Ballmer is no stranger to the CES keynote stage, having delivered the opening keynote at each of the last three editions of the popular trade show. It has now been announced that the Microsoft boss will also deliver a preshow keynote address at the next edition of the Consumer Electronics Association-owned event (much to a certain David Einhorn’s displeasure, we assume). But what will his keynote be all about?
AMD and Intel take notice. Citing "industry sources," news and rumor site DigiTimes reports several vendors are planning to develop notebooks with ARM hardware inside, including Acer, Asus, Samsung, and Toshiba. These new notebooks could hit the retail scene as early as by the end of the year, which rules out Windows 8, at least for now. Instead, look for Google's Android platform to accompany these ARM-based notebooks.
ARM has been flexing its muscle in the handheld mobile space seemingly since time began. The company owns the tablet market in the same manner that Intel dominates netbooks, and ARM is a major player in the smartphone space, too. Next up on ARM's agenda is to attack the notebook market with the same fervor and own 40 percent of the market by the time 2015 rolls around.