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8/1/2012 09:45 PM EDT
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memxprt   8/1/2012 11:11:56 PM
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Pretty good move on ARM's behalf. After 4 years of touting their Quadcore-A9 they realized that it simply does not cut it for Server Applications. A9 will always be memory limited since it is a 32-bit CPU. The question remains: Did they really miss the boat of 64-bit since the train has left the station!!

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TarraTarra!   8/2/2012 6:56:12 AM
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So much for MIPS! What is curious is that Cavium decided to license the architecture and implement its own cores - similar to AppliedMicro's X-Gene, although APM has a few years head start on them. This can only be good for the ARM camp with another david arming itself against the Intel goliath. I wonder if cavium is going to stick to its tried and tested sea of wimpy cores like the octeon or will they try to target higher performance.

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rick merritt   8/2/2012 6:07:10 PM
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Earlier this year, LSI announced it was licensing ARM for next-generation base station SoCs. It uses PowerPC today. IMHO, We are clearly seeing a consolidation around ARM (low power) and Intel (high performance) in embedded, just as we are in mobile computing. MIPS and PowerPC will come under pressure to maintain vibrant ecosystems in the long term.

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TarraTarra!   8/2/2012 6:45:30 PM
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Certainly seems that way. Freescale has also announced ARM processors. The last stand-out will be Broadcom which is still heavily invested in MIPS. I wonder if they are regretting the $4B they spent on Netlogic to get its MIPs design.

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mkelly99   8/2/2012 7:49:25 PM
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Am I missing something? Where are the mainstream ARM licensees? Aren't they as interested in ARMv8? It seems odd that a PowerPC vendor and a MIPS vendor neither with any ARM experience are the chosen vehicles for ARM 64-bit. Certainly Freescale and Marvell have a strong portfolio of the kinds of functionality you surround the core with in the server world. Just wondering...

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mkelly99   8/2/2012 7:50:48 PM
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Oops, I forgot about Cavium's old ARM11 line bought via acquisition. My bad.

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KB3001   8/3/2012 12:14:29 AM
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If I were Intel, I would be very worried! Excellent news for server solution customers.

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yalanand   8/3/2012 7:04:13 AM
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@KB3001, true. ARM is giving very tough competition to Intel. Curious to know what options does Intel have now to counter this move my ARM ?

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yalanand   8/3/2012 7:06:14 AM
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@Peter, how can Cavium provide 10 times improvement in performance and power simultaneously ? If I am not wrong they are mutually exclusive right i.e if its power efficient performance will degrade and vice-versa.

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KB3001   8/3/2012 3:29:23 PM
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Forget about x86 in mobile perhaps.

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