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Samsung wants to stay on its A game to beat Apple

Samsung sees that Apple is making an aggressive push into China, and will pump up the competition with powerful new 64-bit Galaxy products in order to keep Apple at bay. 

Shin Jong-kyun, Samsung’s mobile business chief, confirmed that Samsung wants to expand its business in the Chinese smartphone market during a meeting in Seocho-dong, southern Seoul.
“Samsung understands that Apple intends to boost its mobile business in China, as well as in Japan, meaning that we should try harder in these countries,” said shin.

Apple will sell its latest iPhones through China Unicom and China Telecom while also talking with China Mobile, which has a customer base over twice the size of the U.S. population. In fact, Chinese regulators gave the final required license for the iPhone to work on China Mobile Ltd's mobile network this week.

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Samsung plans to pursue the market with competitive products in hopes of swaying users from buying Apple's iPhones. For instance, Shin said the next set of Samsung Galaxy smartphones would feature 64-bit processors for more power and speed.

“Not in the shortest time. But yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality,” said Shin.

In addition, Samsung will hold a launch event for its latest 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 "phablet" in China.

Apple, on the other hand, just recently announced its iPhone 5S, which also features a 64-bit processor (the ARM-based A7). This will offer the market a high-end smartphone with enough power to run complex games and applications. 
As of the end of the second quarter, Samsung was the top smartphone seller in China with 19.4 percent of the market while Apple’s share was just 4.3 percent.

Source: The Korea Times

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RE: should have just went to 128bit
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/12/2013 12:10:12 PM , Rating: 2
And lastly, the one everyone seems to get hung up on, it allows for clean addressing of 4+ GB of ram. Microsoft got caught with their pants down in the PC world on this one. People buying PC's with 4 GB of RAM, but OS could only use 3.0 GB, or maybe 3.2 GB, because OS was only 32 bit. High end phones already have 2 GB of RAM. It makes sense to begin transitioning them to 64 bit *now* so that in a year or two, when 4 GB phones hit the market, you won't be stuck with only 3.2 GB usable.

You need to get something straight.

The "3.2GB out of 4.0GB usable" limitation comes from memory-mapped I/O of Intel processors where hardware board memory (i.e. video card buffers and communication registers) is mapped into memory below the 4GB line. However if you had more than 4GB of memory installed, while only 4GB was addressable, In Intel provided a means to map I/O over the 4GB boundary in the motherboard BIOS. But you have to have physical system memory available to map over. This is an Intel processor design feature and has noting to do with Microsoft or 32-bit architecture.

A 64-bit processor does not necessarily provide a more or less registers. The number of registers available is a function of the architecture of the specific processor - not its 'bitness'.

The larger 64-bit registers only come into play when loadfing or addressing 64-bit data. When used with legacy code only the bottom 32-bits of those registers are used for data or addresses. BUT in order to be called a '64-bit' processor, the core must be able to directly handle both 64-bit addresses and 64-bit data words.

Floating point registers are is usually 80 bits wide. A 32-bit processor has 80-bit FP registers (without 80 bit registers, it can't handle floating point calculations). A 64-bit processor will still have 80 bit FP registers. The actual bitness of the processor will usually be determined by its address and integer registers and its ALU - not its FPU.

RE: should have just went to 128bit
By extide on 9/12/2013 4:43:38 PM , Rating: 2
Actually the <4GB limit in Windows 32-bit Client versions is STRICTLY A SOFTWARE LIMITATION. With PAE you can support up to 64GB of ram on a 32-bit system (notably with the exception that a single process can only use 4GB at a time...) This is supported in Windows Server, Linux, etc.

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