CUPERTINO, Calif. — ARM commanded much of the spotlight with a half-dozen presentations at Hot Chips, an annual gathering of top microprocessor architects. But the event made it clear Intel is still king of the silicon hill.
IBM and Oracle gave talks showing their Power 8 and Sparc architectures are still very much in the game. And two talks showed that chip stacks are on the rise.
One acronym I never heard uttered during the three-day event was CPU, a term that has become so last century. The advent of mainstream 28nm process technology -- and a handful of chips built on more aggressive nodes – has clearly morphed the microprocessor into the SoC era.
Perhaps this historical trend is why ARM figured so prominently in the proceedings. The x86 may still be the 900-pound gorilla, but the ARM core is the one available for most engineer’s designs.
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