Due to a lack of total vertical integration and heavy focus on IP licensing, one of the more interesting aspects of the SoC development pipeline is that we get to see the architectures and chips developed and announced in a very decoupled fashion. As opposed to the PC industry where there is heavy vertical integration and architectures are usually announced close to (if not at the same time as) the first silicon and even the first finished products, in the SoC space we will frequently see the complete development cadence in public – architectures, chips, and finally finished products. This has its own ups and downs, and while it means we’ll potentially hear about a new architecture long before it’s available in a product...

Watch our Hangout with ARM's CTO Mike Muller

Yesterday I spent an hour talking to ARM's CTO Mike Muller about everything from the Internet of Things, ARM in servers, wearables, a roadmap to ARM on the desktop...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/4/2014

ARM’s Mali Midgard Architecture Explored

This year then has been especially productive for learning more about SoC GPUs, and as of today it’s going to get even better. After we took a look at...

64 by Ryan Smith on 7/3/2014

Join Us for a Live Google Hangout with ARM's CTO - Happening Now!

As I hinted at during our interview with Krisztián Flautner, ARM was quite pleased with how things went with our Peter Greenhalgh ATE that it's going to be giving...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/2/2014

Inside the First Android Wear Devices: LG G Watch & Samsung Gear Live Teardown

Last week at IO, Google gave attendees a choice of one of two Android Wear devices to take home and get experience with the platform. Although I personally opted...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/30/2014

Ask the Experts - ARM Fellow Jem Davies Answers Your GPU Questions

When we ran our Ask the Experts with ARM CPU guru Peter Greenhalgh some of you had GPU questions that went unanswered. A few weeks ago we set out...

99 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/30/2014

Ask the Experts: Krisztián Flautner VP of R&D, ARM

Late last year we did an installment of Ask the Experts with ARM's Peter Greenhalgh, lead architect for the Cortex A53. The whole thing went so well, in no...

62 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2014

This is Huge: Intel Enters Strategic Agreement with Chinese SoC Maker Rockchip

Intel's march into the ultra mobile space has been a frustrating one. Architecturally Intel has the chops to play in the market, but its execution has been met with...

60 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/27/2014

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Performance Preview

Last year Qualcomm announced a new tier in its high end SoC roadmap with the Snapdragon 805. Priced somewhat above the current Snapdragon 800/801, the 805 would be the...

148 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/21/2014

NVIDIA Q1 FY2015 Financial Results

This afternoon NVIDIA announced their quarterly earnings for Q1 2015. Overall GAAP revenue came in at $1.1B, up 16% year over year and down 4% sequentially. Gross margin was...

68 by Brett Howse on 5/8/2014

ARM Expects ~1B Entry Level Smartphones in 2018, $20 Smartphones Coming This Year

When we first started covering mobile, nearly every silicon vendor I spoke with issued the same statement: eventually, all phones are smartphones. Continued scaling on process technology, combined continued...

30 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/6/2014

ARM's Impact on the Chip Market: 100M China-Designed SoCs Shipped in 2013

At its second ever Tech Day, ARM shared a pretty interesting slide about its impact on the mobile SoC market. ARM's business model allows for pretty much anyone to...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/6/2014

ARM Shares Updated Cortex A53/A57 Performance Expectations

With the first Cortex A53 based SoCs due to ship in the coming months, and Cortex A57 based designs to follow early next year, ARM gave us a quick...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/6/2014

AMD is also working on a new 64-bit x86 Core

Jim Keller joined Mark Papermaster on stage at AMD's Core Innovation Update press conference and added a few more details to AMD's K12 announcement. Keller stressed AMD's expertise in...

112 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/5/2014

AMD Announces K12 Core: Custom 64-bit ARM Design in 2016

In 2015 AMD will launch project SkyBridge, a pair of pin-compatible ARM and x86 based SoCs. Leveraging next generation Puma+ x86 cores or ARM's Cortex A57 cores, these SoCs...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/5/2014

AMD Announces Project SkyBridge: Pin-Compatible ARM and x86 SoCs in 2015, Android Support

This morning AMD decided to provide an update on its CPU core/SoC roadmap, particularly as it pertains to the ARM side of the business. AMD already committed to releasing...

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/5/2014

AMD Beema/Mullins Architecture & Performance Preview

When AMD launched its Kabini and Temash APUs last year it delivered a compelling cost/performance story, but its power story wasn’t all that impressive. Despite being built out of...

81 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/29/2014

The Desktop Kabini Review Part 1: AMD Athlon 5350 (AM1) Tested

Last month AMD announced their Socketed AM1 Kabini platform to focus on the low-end desktop market where low cost, low power and upgradability are important factors for system integrators...

124 by Ian Cutress on 4/9/2014

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808/810: 20nm High-End 64-bit SoCs with LTE Category 6/7 Support in 2015

Today Qualcomm is rounding out its 64-bit family with the Snapdragon 808 and 810. Like the previous 64-bit announcements (Snapdragon 410, 610 and 615), the 808 and 810 leverage...

97 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/7/2014

ARM Partners Ship 50 Billion Chips Since 1991 - Where Did They Go?

A few weeks ago ARM celebrated its partners shipping over 10 billion ARM based chips in 2013. As ARM makes a royalty on every IP license shipped, it was...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/31/2014

Apple's Cyclone Microarchitecture Detailed

The most challenging part of last year's iPhone 5s review was piecing together details about Apple's A7 without any internal Apple assistance. I had less than a week to...

182 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/31/2014

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