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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
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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.

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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.


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


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


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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..


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

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


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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.


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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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