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?
10/26/2013 6:41:32 PM
He was somewhat wrong.
64-bit does provide improvements per clock in a couple of areas:
Moving large amounts of data - 64bit processors have 64-bit registers that can move data in 64-bit chunks rather than 32-bit ones. Meaning it takes 50% less clock cycles to move the same amount of data in 64-bit vs 32-bit systems at the same clock speeds.
When you consider that almost 50% of the work being done in an application is moving data from place to place, this can equate to a much caster program.
There are other improvements in the ARMv8 instruction sets that further optimize things like data encoding that are much faster as well.
Saying Apple's A7 was a gimmick was poor judgement in someone at Anand's level @ Qualcomm since they are also attempting to get their 64-bit parts ready for market.
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