East said ARM's objectives with regard to AMD are broad and would not only focus on Mali graphics processors. Indeed AMD has its own graphics operation having bought ATI a few years ago.
"At the time ATI was actually an ARM licensee for some of its work in mobile applications so AMD did technically become an ARM licensee." Qualcomm then bought the mobile graphics division from AMD for $65 million.
AMD is now a fabless chip company having spun off its manufacturing operations to form the beginnings of Globalfoundries Inc., a foundry with which ARM also works closely.
As a fabless company working with OEMs AMD is obliged to think about the lowest cost and lowest power consumption in terms of the hardware-software combinations it provides and enables.
If negotiations were starting today they would probably focus on ARM's forthcoming Cortex-A15 multicore-capable processor core. But East declined to rule out the possibility of licensing Cortex-A8 or Cortex-A9 to AMD.
It probably depends on how fast tablets start gobbling up the PC and laptop market. It seems we keep hearing that many people don't need all that processing power. If most people start buying tablets and not PCs, wouldn't x86 suffer?
Misleading headline, AMD can add ARM without dropping x86, and probably should. They have lots of experience with state of the art geometries and low power, and ARM licensing is an easy cheap R&D effort compared to starting from scratch on new processor core. Put a team in a skunkworks setting for 12 months and see what they create!
Windows on ARM will be a disruptive game changer.
Well duh! That's what Chrome is all about... putting everything in the cloud and accessing it from the web.
Saying a ChromeOS netbook is broken because it doesn't do other stuff is like saying a truck is useless because it isn't any good as a boat.
Sure that means an Chrome netbook isn't much use for compiling or software development or playing FP shooter games, but that is not what it is designed to do.
All the flexibility that gives you a laptop that can serve as a development machine - or whatever - comes at a huge price. It makes for a very expensive, heavy and power hungry system with a short battery life.
Chrome OS recongnises that most people just use a computer for web and email and can happily live an "everything in the cloud" lifestyle. These people would benefit from having a cheaper, lighter netbook.
Kinnar, 'dying' would sound a bit too soon but the trend is all too visible. I dont see many x86 based mobile platforms. Tablets, phones and the next generation of portable devices would run on ARM and other cores... Not long before the requiem for x86.
totally agreed, particularly on IPless point.
Furthermore in principle AMD is the only real competitor of intel (Via... are too insignificant). Adding ARM in portfolio is indeed interesting but dropping x86 makes no sense, even if done gradually will take several years.
AMD will sell x86 as long as there are buyers, and since embedded designs can stay in production for decades I wouldn't worry. The x86 wastes a lot of power for backward compatibility, when the new CPUs are so fast they can run old apps in emulation just fine. This is an opportunity for AMD to relieve its CPUs of 30 years of accumulated baggage.
It will be very good it there is no solitary product, if everyone is over ARM then later ARM will become like Intel a solitary processor IP Rights holder, it will be nice is there are multiple players are there in the market.