ARM (and its partners) were arguably one of the major causes of the present day smartphone revolution. While AMD and Intel focused on using Moore’s Law to drive higher and higher performing CPUs, ARM and its partners used the same physics to drive integration and lower power. The result was ultimately the ARM11 and Cortex A-series CPU cores that began the revolution and continue to power many smartphones today. With hopes of history repeating itself, ARM is just as focused on building an even smaller, even lower power family of CPU cores under the Cortex M brand. We’ve talked about ARM’s three major families of CPU cores before: Cortex A (applications processors), Cortex R (real-time processors) and Cortex M (embedded/microcontrollers). Although Cortex A is what...

ARM Cortex A17: An Evolved Cortex A12 for the Mainstream in 2015

ARM has been doing a good job figuring out its PR strategy as of late. In the span of a couple of years we went from very little outward...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/11/2014

ARM and Partners Deliver First ARM Server Platform Standard

The demise of innovator Calxeda and the excellent performance per watt of the new Intel Avoton server were certainly not good omens for the ARM server market. However, there...

15 by Johan De Gelas on 1/29/2014

It Begins: AMD Announces Its First ARM Based Server SoC, 64-bit/8-core Opteron A1100

Around 15 months ago, AMD announced that it would be building 64-bit ARM based SoCs for servers in 2014. Less than a month into 2014, AMD made good on...

124 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/28/2014

AMD 2014 Mobile APU Update: Beema and Mullins

Today AMD is taking the wraps off their upcoming mobile APUs, joining the already discussed desktop Kaveri. While Kaveri will also be coming to laptops at some point in...

47 by Jarred Walton on 11/13/2013

Intel to Fab Altera FPGAs with ARM IP

In a story posted today on EETimes, Altera announced at the ARM Developers Conference that they have entered into a partnership with Intel to have their next generation 64-bit...

44 by Jarred Walton on 10/30/2013

The Next Generation of Micro Server SoCs: ECX-2000 vs Atom 2000

Calxeda has announced its second generation SoC, the ARM Cortex™ A15 based EnergyCore™ ECX-2000. We try to estimate how this new Server SoC compares to the latest Intel Atom...

45 by Johan De Gelas on 10/29/2013

Samsung Announces big.LITTLE MP Support in Exynos 5420

It hasn't been much of a secret in the SoC space that big.LITTLE on the original Exynos 5 Octa (5410) didn't end up working in the most optimal fashion...

30 by Brian Klug on 9/11/2013

The ARM Diaries, Part 2: Understanding the Cortex A12

A couple of weeks ago I began this series on ARM with a discussion of the company’s unique business model. In covering semiconductor companies we’ve come across many that...

66 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/17/2013

The ARM Diaries, Part 1: How ARM’s Business Model Works

We’ve had well over a decade of Intel sharing its beliefs with us, but this is ARM’s first attempt at doing the same. What will follow over the next...

65 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/28/2013

AMD Evolving Fast to Survive in the Server Market Jungle

There are two important trends in the server market: it is growing and it is evolving fast. It is growing fast as the number of client devices is exploding...

80 by Johan De Gelas on 6/18/2013

ARM Cortex A12: Between Cortex A9 and A15 in Power & Perf, Sampling in Late 2014

We’ve talked about the hole in ARM’s product lineup for quite a while now. The Cortex A9 is too slow to compete with the likes of Intel’s Atom and...

78 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/2/2013

ARM Mali-T622 & V500 Video Block Complement Cortex A12

Alongside today's Cortex A12 announcement, ARM is also announcing two new IP blocks: the Mali-T622 GPU and the Mali V500 video encode/decode block. The Mali-T622 is a 2-core implementation of...

2 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/2/2013

Exploring the Floating Point Performance of Modern ARM Processors

As a programmer who wants to write decent performing code, I am very interested in understanding the architectures of CPUs and GPUs. However, unlike desktop and server CPUs, mobile...

39 by Rahul Garg on 6/2/2013

Server Update April 2013: Positioning the HP Moonshot 1500

With HP launching the "Moonshot" server class and Intel's IDF at Beijing, we felt it was interesting to look a bit closer at the newest developments in the server...

25 by Johan De Gelas on 4/11/2013

The Great Equalizer: Apple, Android & Windows Tablet GPUs Compared using GL/DXBenchmark 2.7

For the past few years we have been lamenting the state of benchmarks for mobile platforms. The constant refrain from those who had been around long enough to remember...

83 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/31/2013

More Details On NVIDIA’s Kayla: A Dev Platform for CUDA on ARM

In this morning’s GTC 2013 keynote, one of the items briefly mentioned by NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang was Kayla, an NVIDIA project combining a Tegra 3 processor and an...

17 by Ryan Smith on 3/19/2013

Calxeda's ARM server tested

ARM based servers hold the promise of extremely low power and excellent performance per Watt ratios. It's possible to place an incredible amount of servers into a single rack—there...

99 by Johan De Gelas on 3/12/2013

Samsung Details Exynos 5 Octa Architecture & Power at ISSCC '13

At CES this year Samsung introduced the oddly named Exynos 5 Octa SoC, one of the first Cortex A15 SoCs to implement ARM's big.LITTLE architecture. Widely expected to be...

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/20/2013

Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa: Powered by PowerVR SGX 544MP3, not ARM's Mali

At CES, Samsung announced its Exynos 5 Octa SoC featuring four ARM Cortex A7s and four ARM Cortex A15s. Unusually absent from the announcement was any mention of the...

43 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 1/13/2013

More Details on Allwinner's A31 Quad Core Cortex A7 SoC

I stopped by Allwinner today to discuss their recently announced and now-shipping A31 SoC. The A31 is based around four ARM Cortex A7 CPUs and a Power VR SGX544MP2...

16 by Brian Klug on 1/10/2013

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