Qualcomm’s Chandrasekher “Reassigned” After Dissing Apple’s 64-bit A7
October 25, 2013 1:14 PM
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Chandrasekher's comments come back to bite him in the butt
It looks as though comments made by Anand Chandrasekher, SVP and CMO at Qualcomm, have really come back to bite him, as he has been reassigned within the company.
According to a statement provided to
, "Anand Chandrasekher, is moving to a new role leading our exploration of certain enterprise related initiatives. Anand will continue to report to Steve Mollenkopf, COO and President of Qualcomm. This will be effective immediately.”
The ruckus all started earlier this month when Chandrasekher was
rather blunt in his assessment of Apple’s new 64-bit A7 processor
that powers the
along with the
upcoming iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display
Chandrasekher commented, "I know there's a lot of noise because Apple did [64-bit] on their A7. I think they are doing a marketing gimmick. There's zero benefit a consumer gets from that.”
He went on to add, "Predominantly... you need it for memory addressability beyond 4GB. That's it. You don't really need it for performance, and the kinds of applications that 64-bit get used in mostly are large, server-class applications."
It didn’t take long for the comments to stir up a bit of controversy in the tech community, and a Qualcomm spokesman
later attempted to distance the company from the statements
regarding the relevance of 64-bit processors in mobile devices:
The comments made by Anand Chandrasekher, Qualcomm CMO, about 64-bit computing were inaccurate. The mobile hardware and software ecosystem is already moving in the direction of 64-bit; and, the evolution to 64-bit brings desktop class capabilities and user experiences to mobile, as well as enabling mobile processors and software to run new classes of computing devices.
It is unknown what role Chandrasekher currently holds at Qualcomm, but
reports that he has been booted from the
company’s leadership page
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RE: Was he dead wrong?
10/25/2013 5:14:54 PM
To be fair, none of those things you listed are exclusive to 64-bit processors. You can add more registers and more hardware to any ISA, as well as develop a new ABI to interface with it and take advantage of it.
One very real advantage though is that the registers themselves are actually 64-bit. This means more data can be held per register, and 64-bit operations are faster. 64-bit values have a lot of benefits when you start getting into things like IO, where it's incredibly common to reference IO offsets greater than 4GB. Of course this is also all on top of the benefit of having larger virtual address spaces and support for more physical memory in the future. Large virtual address spaces are very beneficial if you tend to reserve (but not necessarily commit) a lot.
RE: Was he dead wrong?
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
10/26/2013 12:43:23 PM
Well why do twice the work implementing updates to 32-bit and 64-bit when you can just get folks to upgrade to the 64-bit? Less dev time + more economy of scale by standardizing on 1 platform = profit
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