I'd love to see a description of a Samsung 64-bit ARM SoC, a new mobile graphics benchmark and a paper from an Apple engineer this fall.
The first 64-bit ARM server SoC, a new benchmark for mobile graphics chips and APIs and an in-depth paper from someone at Apple about an ultra-mobile ARM SoCs inside an iWatch.
These are a few of the papers I’d really like to see this fall’s ARM Tech Con in Silicon Valley. Friday, May 31, is the deadline to submit papers, but I suspect if one of these blockbusters came in a little late organizers would find a way to squeeze it in.
First, it’s time for a full disclosure of a 64-bit ARM server SoC. I’d most like to see the one being developed in Austin by Samsung because it’s one of the most secretive of the many designs in the works. Qualcomm is a close second.
Both these companies have said zip about their plans. Only job postings gave them away.
But competition in this space is super heated. Applied Micro will have been talking about its X-Gene chip for two years come this fall, so they are probably due for a full disclosure of the technical details—and they had better be showing a working ASIC by the event or they will lose credibility.
Also in the hunt are Calxeda and Marvell (which are actually shipping 32-bitters today), as well as AMD, Nvidia and maybe even Huawei which have yet to show silicon. Come to think of it, there ought to be three or four papers on this topic.