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...

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...

26 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

Samsung Announces Exynos 5 Octa SoC - 4 Cortex A7s, 4 Cortex A15s

Earlier this morning Samsung announced a new eight core SoC and the spiritual successor to the Exynos 5250 "Exynos 5 Dual" called the Exynos 5 Octa (Exynos 5410?). This...

17 by Brian Klug on 1/9/2013

The ARM vs x86 Wars Have Begun: In-Depth Power Analysis of Atom, Krait & Cortex A15

Late last month, Intel dropped by my office with a power engineer for a rare demonstration of its competitive position versus NVIDIA's Tegra 3 when it came to power...

140 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/4/2013

Imagination Technologies Acquires MIPS Technologies

Imagination Technologies (ImgTec) announced their intent to acquire Sunnyvale-based MIPS Technologies for $60 million in cash. This price includes the operating business as well as ownership of 82 patents...

35 by Ganesh T S on 11/6/2012

ARM's Cortex A57 and Cortex A53: The First 64-bit ARMv8 CPU Cores

Yesterday AMD revealed that in 2014 it would begin production of its first ARMv8 based 64-bit Opteron CPUs. At the time we didn't know what core AMD would use...

117 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/30/2012

AMD Will Build 64-bit ARM based Opteron CPUs for Servers, Production in 2014

Last year AMD officially became an ARM licensee, although the deal wasn't publicized at the time. Fast forward to June 2012 and we saw the first fruits of that...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/29/2012

Boston Viridis ARM Server Gets x86 Binary Translation Support

We covered the launch of the Calxeda-based Boston Viridis ARM server back in July. The server is makings its appearance at the UK IP EXPO 2012. Boston has been...

12 by Ganesh T S & Johan De Gelas on 10/18/2012

ARM Announces 8-core 2nd Gen Mali-T600 GPUs

In our discrete GPU reviews for the desktop we've often noticed the tradeoff between graphics and compute performance in GPU architectures. Generally speaking, when a GPU is designed for...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/6/2012

Boston Releases Servers Based on Calxeda's ARM SoCs

Calxeda EnergyCore SoC Boston has released its Viridis server which uses Calxeda's ARM System-on-Chips (SoCs). Each SoC consists of four ARM Cortex-A9 cores and up to 48 SoCs can be...

4 by Kristian Vättö on 7/9/2012

Microsoft Surface - We Go Hands On [UPDATE: Detailed Impressions]

Post-announcement, Microsoft took us to a backroom in Milk Studios to give us hands on experience with the Surface. They weren't lying, even the preproduction units feel awesome in...

161 by Vivek Gowri on 6/18/2012

AMD 2013 APUs To Include ARM Cortex-A5 Processor For TrustZone Capabilities

At AMD’s 2012 Financial Analyst Day, as part of their presentation on their future strategy AMD’s CTO Mark Papermaster announced that AMD would be looking into integrating 3rd party...

36 by Ryan Smith on 6/13/2012

MIPS Technologies Updates Processor IP Lineup with Aptiv Series

ARM has been making waves over the past two years with plenty of processor and graphics IP announcements, but they are not alone in the game. MIPS Technologies, almost...

41 by Ganesh T S on 5/10/2012

TI Posts OMAP 5 Dual Core A15 vs Quad Core A9 Video

It seems as though everyone is trying to preempt build excitement before MWC 2012 with their next-generation SoC related news. We've previewed Qualcomm's Krait performance on an MDP MSM8960...

26 by Brian Klug on 2/23/2012

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