Smartphones and tablets may not deliver the gaming quality you get from dedicated portable consoles such as the PS Vita and the Nintendo 3DS but they re definitely catching up. VentureBeat reports that chipmaker ARM has acquired Geomerics, a graphics technology firm that specializes in making realistic lighting and imagery in video games.
Intel sent shockwaves in the tech industry when its partner Altera revealed that the world's largest semiconductor company would start fabricating its own 64-bit ARM chipsets in 2014. Intel has been lagging behind in the smartphone and tablet space against competition from chipsets made by Qualcomm, Nvidia, Samsung and others that have been built keeping the space and power constraints of mobile products.
Samsung has teased a new Exynos Octa 5 chipset on Twitter, which it will launch next week. The company will reveal more details about the chipset, and nothing is really known about it. Samsung s Twitter page calls the processor Octa evolved, hinting that it's more of an incremental upgrade rather than a chipset built on an entirely different architecture.
With the mid-range segment in the mobile market growing exponentially in the last couple of years, it is not surprising to see OEMs trying to take advantage of this boom. Today at Computex, ARM announced the Cortex-A12, its latest core technology aimed at mid-range smartphones and tablets.
Intel presented a new manufacturing technology that keeps it in track to launch new generation chips for tablets and smartphones as Intel tries to catch up to its rivals like Qualcomm in the mobile market, Reuters reports.
ARM has just upped the ante and taken the battle to Intel s homefront with its newly announced Cortex A57 and Cortex A53 processor cores. Both processors will have 64-bit architectures unlike the current 32-bit ARM architectures. ARM says that A53 will be the world s smallest 64-bit processor. With these new processors ARM claims immense performance and battery efficiency gains.
Google has launched a new Chromebook, which has been made by Samsung for $249. Notably, it is the first Chrombook to run on an ARM chipset rather than an Intel-made chip. The new Chromebook is powered by Samsung's Exynos 5 Dual processor, which is built on the ARM Cortex A15 architecture. Actually, this is the first device to use this particular chip and Samsung is yet to use this chip in its mobile phones and tablets. Specs wise, the Chromebook features an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels, 16GB of onboard storage, 2GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, two USB ports, a HDMI port, and a SD card slot. Interestingly, Google claims that it can play video at 1080p at 30 FPS.
Ever since the iPhone 5 has been launched there has been a lot of confusion about the A6 chip Apple uses in it. Some thought it was a quad-core ARM Cortex A9, and then some thought it was an ARM Cortex A15. Benchmark experts, AnandTech have uncovered an even more puzzling revelation. According to them, the A6 chip inside the iPhone 5 is a completely custom designed Apple chip using an ARMv7 core. Additionally, some GeekBench benchmarks have surfaced courtesy MacRumors that suggest this new chip is significantly faster than the A5X chip on the new iPad and even faster than the Exynos chip found on the Galaxy S III.
Microsoft s chief of Windows division, Steven Sinofsky, recently wrote a blog post on Windows 8 on ARM (WOA) which clarified that Windows on ARM will not support desktop apps apart from Office 15 and Windows components. Inspite of this, the blog post stated that Windows on ARM will look and feel exactly like Windows 8 on Intel chipsets. End users want to know how these devices will be different from the iPads/Android Tablets of this world, and the idea behind this article is exactly that. Here are few key differences between Windows 8 on ARM and other tablets including Apple s iPad and the Android offerings from various OEMs.
Microsoft has just taken the wraps off its upcoming Windows OS (codenamed Windows 8), which will run on ARM's architecture. It will be a sort of all-in-one OS that would power tablets, desktop PCs and laptops. At the moment, it seems like Windows 7 with Windows Phone 7 skin on top of it with advanced features, suitable for gadgets with extra processing capabilities. However, we kinda like what we see, especially the multi-tasking aspect. Hit the break below to continue reading and watch a video demo of Windows 8.
Blog SemiAccurate has published an interesting article stating that Apple intends to move its desktop and laptop computer systems from the Intel x86 architecture to ARM-based architecture in the semi-near future. “The short story is that Apple is moving the laptop line, and presumably desktops too, to ARM based chips as soon as possible,” reads the posting. “With A15/Eagle allowing more than 32-bit memory access, things look up, but it seems silly to do so before the full 64 bit cores come in the following generation. [...] Think mid-2013. At that point, Apple can move to ARM without worrying about obsoleting code with an ISA [instruction set architecture] that is on the verge of changing, and no memory overhead worries either.” Apple’s iOS line of products are powered by ARM silicon. The publication cites “moles” as the source of the information moles that have provided accurate intel (pun intended) about Apple’s manufacturing component choices in the past. Will Apple shift desktop architectures yet again? Will we get to see more commercials featuring barbecued moon men? Time will tell.
Already bored by these anemic dual-core 1GHz smartphone processor offerings? You’re in luck. Korean blog MK is reporting that a “high-ranking” Samsung official has indicated that the company is “planning to release a 2GHz dual core CPU-equipped smartphone by next year.” The same official went on to tout that the new silicon would “have the data processing capacities of a regular PC.” If you’re not into Samsung hardware, fear not. The report notes that the company is “considering separate sales of the CPU units for other smartphone makers.” Moores Law is certainly starting to pay dividends in the smartphone processor space, as chip efficiencies and speeds are beginning to rapidly improve… now all we need is a better smartphone battery.