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Anand Chandrasekher  (Source: itnews)
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 CNET, "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 iPhone 5S 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 CNET reports that he has been booted from the company’s leadership page.

Source: CNET



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RE: Just wow...
By inighthawki on 10/26/2013 3:28:10 AM , Rating: 2
I see you have clearly never done any work at all in a kernel, any low level development, or many performance critical applications such as game engines where 64-bit operations are extremely common, and you will see a noticeable improvement when properly programmed.

There are tons of uses for 64-bit programming:
-Virtual address space ranges
-IO (seek offsets have been 64-bit values since forever ago)
-Time related functionality (64-bit performance counters)
-Unique identifiers (Many counters can roll over too easily on 32-bit)
-If the hardware doesn't already contain 128-bit SIMD functionality (which according to you, why would they?) you already also gain the ability to read (and write) twice as much memory over the bus at a time - simple operations like memcpy will see an immediate improvement (not 2x, but a big leap forward)
-64 bit registers make atomic operations on 64-bit data values actually possible, which reduces the necessity to perform multiple expensive interlocked operations and lock contention.

The list goes on. I don't know why you don't acknowledge these scenarios unless you simply do not know they exist.


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