ARM

  • The iPhone 5’s Greatest Inside Story: Chipmaking Maturation For Apple

    The iPhone 5’s Greatest Inside Story: Chipmaking Maturation For Apple

    The iPhone 5 brings a lot to the table, but a lot of its changes lie under the hood away from prying eyes. Or, at least, away from those eyes until Friday when it’ll get opened up by a host of folks, including iFixit.com’s perennial new Apple hardware tear-down. The iPhone 5 has already given up maybe its greatest secret, however: A custom-designed A6 system-on-a-chip that… Read More

  • As ARM-Based Devices Take Over, Intel Cuts Its Sales Forecast For The Rest Of The Year

    As ARM-Based Devices Take Over, Intel Cuts Its Sales Forecast For The Rest Of The Year

    Intel announced today that its sales for the third quarter will be lower than expected due to a decline in demand. Intel microprocessors use the x86 architecture found in most PCs and Macs today. Instead of $14.2 billion, Intel now anticipates $13.8 billion in revenue. It is not due to competition as AMD faces the same problem. Even more important, that decline demonstrates once again that a… Read More

  • The ARM-Powered Cloud Comes To OpenStack

    The ARM-Powered Cloud Comes To OpenStack

    Apple uses the ARM architecture for its chip sets on its iPhones and tablets. Now we are seeing the first uses for ARM-powered architectures on servers to power cloud environments. Contributors to OpenStack have developed the first ARM powered OpenStack cloud as a zone in TryStack.org, the free sandbox for exploring and testing OpenStack. The ramifications are evident in a few ways: Read More

  • Proxama, ARM Partner For Joint NFC Venture

    Proxama, ARM Partner For Joint NFC Venture

    NFC is picking up traction everywhere you look, and the latest news comes out of the UK’s Proxama. According to a release sent out this morning, the company is planning a partnership with ARM to create an NFC system. Employing ARM TrustZone technology in conjunction with the Proxama Mobile Wallet, the venture aims to provide secure NFC contactless payments and mobile internet payments… Read More

  • Microsoft Explains Windows On ARM, The Latest Addition To The OS Family

    Microsoft Explains Windows On ARM, The Latest Addition To The OS Family

    Ever since Steve Ballmer made that surprise announcement at CES 2011, there has been a lot of speculation about just how Microsoft would be bringing Windows to the ARM architecture. Would it be a whole separate line? Would it be compatible with old applications? Would it be cheaper? Many of these questions have been answered in a long and technical post on the Building Windows 8 blog today… Read More

  • ARM’s A7 To Act As Sidekick Processor To More Powerful A15 And Friends

    ARM’s A7 To Act As Sidekick Processor To More Powerful A15 And Friends

    Here’s another entry to add to the alphabet soup of processors, chips, and components being bandied about by device makers. ARM, whose A8 core forms the center of a great number of mobile devices, has announced a little brother to their line of higher clockspeed processors. The A7 will form a sort of low-power sidekick to the more powerful A15 and its ilk. The A7 (no direct relation… Read More

  • Rumor: Facebook Flirting With ARM Servers

    According to a rumor on the Internet, Facebook may be rolling out a new data center filled with servers using ARM CPUs rather than the more traditional chips from Intel and AMD. ARM chips are less complex than x86 systems, and ARM is ubiquitous in mobile computing environments. The simplicity of the architecture makes the systems far more energy efficient, which is a pretty serious concern… Read More

  • Apple's A4 ain't that special

    I really don’t understand what the big deal is about the A4. ARM designed the chip, Apple customized it, and Samsung built it. How is that any different from any other phone or device manufacturer? The A4 variant (an unfortunate name considering the A* naming convention in ARM chips) is just an A8-based chip with a setup specific to the iPhone or iPad’s PCB layout and processing needs. Read More

  • Apple Continues To Morph Into The Chocolate Factory. Expect Fewer Gobstopper Leaks.

    Apple Continues To Morph Into The Chocolate Factory. Expect Fewer Gobstopper Leaks.

    Lost iPhone prototypes aside, most Apple leaks tend to come from partners companies tasked with helping to build something Apple needs for a particular product. After all, Apple can’t do it all, itself. Well, not yet anyway. A report today in the New York Times confirms earlier rumors that Apple has purchased Austin, Texas-based chip company Intrinsity. And yes, it appears that company… Read More

  • Can you guess the inspiration for the Bionic Handling Assistant?

    What you see here is the Bionic Handling Assistant, a sort of robotic arm designed to improve the interaction between humans and robots. Clearly this thing was inspired by Doc Ock from Spider-Man, right? There can be no doubt! Look at those articulated arms. Look at those pincers. Look at the sheer menace these things give off! Doc Ock all the way, am I right? Read More

  • Rumor: Apple Thinking About Buying ARM. iPhone Rivals To Sleep With The Fishes?

    The following is very much a rumor, but if true, it would be absolutely huge. A UK publication is reporting that Apple is considering buying ARM Holdings — aka, the company behind most of the world’s mobile phone processors. If Apple were to buy them, it would likely reshape the mobile landscape completely. To be clear, London’s Evening Standard is only citing… Read More