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Old 16th September, 2009, 03:57 PM
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Cambridge, England-based chip company ARM on Wednesday announced the development of dual-core, quad-core, and eight-core Cortex A9 processor designs, explicitly aimed at markets currently served by Intel's x86 chips and IBM's PowerPC.

The new designs, available in two variants optimized for low power consumption or high performance, are intended for use by companies building their own chips. ARM claims that the new processors, which can run at up to 2GHz, are up to eight times more efficient than Intel's low-power chips in terms of performance per watt, with the high-performance part running at five times the throughput of Intel's Atom chip for similar power levels.

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Nice to see Intel getting some competition!
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Neat stuff
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I hope this causes Intel many a sleepless night!
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If these chips are the real deal they'll push Intel's prices down, in theory. Whaa!
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Cambridge, England-based chip company ARM on Wednesday announced the development of dual-core, quad-core, and eight-core Cortex A9 processor designs, explicitly aimed at markets currently served by Intel's x86 chips and IBM's PowerPC.

The new designs, available in two variants optimized for low power consumption or high performance, are intended for use by companies building their own chips. ARM claims that the new processors, which can run at up to 2GHz, are up to eight times more efficient than Intel's low-power chips in terms of performance per watt, with the high-performance part running at five times the throughput of Intel's Atom chip for similar power levels.

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Nice to see Intel getting some competition!
Their revenue is approx. $0.5bn a year compared to Intel's $37.6bn.

But, ARM don't make any chips they just design processors and licence their designs.

So, they're definitely significant competitors as far as designing processors go, especially for mobile devices.
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The bit that really caught my eye was this:

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The low-power part delivers twice the performance at a quarter the power
How long before Windows is available in x86 (32bit), x86-64 (AMD 64bit), ia64 (expensive) and ARM versions?
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The ARM version will feature an interpreter that converts x86 code to ARM code before running it. That'll kill it right there.
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Sounds like it'd make a pretty good Linux box though.
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Old 17th September, 2009, 04:28 PM
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Without a doubt. An embedded linux running on that chip would probably be able to do some pretty amazing things.
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I'd be willing to borrow Dsio's...
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