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AMD anyone?

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) announced on Monday that it would be releasing new 64-bit Opterons in 2014 leveraging a radically different architecture to its current complex instruction set computer (CISC) x86 architecture -- ARM Holdings plc's (LON:ARM) reduced instruction set computer (RISC) ARM architecture.

At the tiime AMD mentioned in passing that the chips were 64-bit.  That led to a bit of mystery, as ARM had not officially announced a 64-bit intellectual property core yet, although one was widely rumored.

That mystery was laid to rest yesterday when ARM Holdings announced a new intellectual property core -- the Cortex-A50 -- a core which leverage ARM's previously announced ARMv8 64-bit instruction set extensions.

The chips will tackle the full range of applications -- everything from smartphones to servers.  It is the linear successor to the 32-bit ARM Cortex-A15.

ARM Holdings has announced several Cortex-A50 cores geared at different objectives. The ARM Cortex-A53 will be the most power-efficent ARM processor, and the world's "smallest" (according to ARM) 64-bit processor.  ARM pledges that the mobile-geared Cortex-A53 will offer "three times the performance" of current generation smartphone chips.

A second core, the ARM Cortex-A57, is a more powerful 64-bit core, aimed at "high-performance applications", such as heavily threaded server workloads.

Calxeda dense server
Server chip makers Calxeda (pictured) are among Cortex-A50's early adopters.

Wonder who is cooking up 64-bit ARM cores?  ARM disclosed that its initial licensee list indeed includes AMD.  Also on the list are Broadcom Corp. (BRCM)  Calxeda (Hewlett-Packard Comp.'s (HPQ) server chip partner, actually an ARM Holdings startup subsidiary), HiSilicon Technologies Comp., Ltd., Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930), and STMicroelectronics N.V. (EPA:STM).

ARM says the new cores should ship in 2014.  The ARMv8 instruction set, though, is currently available for advanced developers and device implementers to start tinkering with.  Usually there's about a half year of lag time between the IP core announcement and the time when official speed and core count targets begin to trickle out from licensees: so chip buffs, stay tuned.

Source: ARM

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RE: .
By Reclaimer77 on 10/31/2012 1:54:08 PM , Rating: 3
Many folks that I know do not even use their PCs for personal use anymore. Their FriendFace and Gibber posts are all made from tablets / smartphones.

Yeeah well some of us use PC's for more than just inane social media and browsing. And that's why X86 isn't dying or going away.

AMD needs to take the ARM and run with it, it is their only hope to remain competitive in the CPU market.

And just hand Intel a monopoly...brilliant advice.

RE: .
By Arsynic on 10/31/2012 3:10:30 PM , Rating: 2
Having an x86 monopoly will be like having a horse and buggy better be doing something else.

RE: .
By Reclaimer77 on 10/31/2012 3:41:06 PM , Rating: 2
You're funny.

RE: .
By Jedi2155 on 10/31/2012 6:06:53 PM , Rating: 3
However it may become much less important market and a niched product relegated to professionals and nerds. That's the real fear. x86 dominated consumer space for over 20 years, but ARM has a real chance to taking that crown with all these smart phones, tablets and now look at Windows 8 RT..

RE: .
By xti on 11/1/2012 8:47:20 AM , Rating: 2
DT has a hard time is the minority. a very small, small minority.

websurfing/social-media/watch a movie is an overwhelmning majority of the consumer breakdown.

RE: .
By Moishe on 11/2/2012 2:01:09 PM , Rating: 2
Good luck trying to do powerful things.

I know there are more phones, tablets, etc in numbers... but those numbers do not remove the need for powerful machines.

Mini-vans are high in utility and don't perform well otherwise. Their numbers outpace sports cars... but there is still a place for sports cars.

If anything, x86 would be supplanted by a powerful ARM, so that the power is available when it is needed.

I have a powerful PC that I use often, but I also have a tablet, and a phone. Clearly there is overlap, but none of the three device classes can replace the other.

RE: .
By xti on 11/2/2012 2:06:52 PM , Rating: 2
you are still assuming the average consumer is a mirror of you.

the average consumer checks email. very few in the grand scheme of things, play crysis at 1080p pushign 100fps.

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