Linked by sawboss on Mon 14th Feb 2011 23:09 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "The name Snapdragon is fast becoming well-known among consumers as the chip to have inside your smartphone. Offering speeds of up to 1.5GHz at the moment, it's certainly one of the fastest mobile chips out there. Qualcomm doesn't want the reputation of Snapdragon to falter, though, so the chip manufacturer has just announced an update that will have smartphone and tablet users drooling. The next iteration of the Snapdragon processor line is codenamed Krait and uses 28nm manufacturing technology. It will be offered in single, dual, and quad-core versions with clock speeds up to 2.5GHz. If the huge increase in performance wasn’t enough for you, Qualcomm also boast a 65% reduction in power use over existing mobile ARM chips."
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matthekc
Member since:
2006-10-28

4 cores 2.5GHZ depending on how fast the prices fall that could push the next cheap netbook/sub-notebook price war.

This would be particularly dangerous for Microsoft while porting Windows would be trivial the third party stuff would take some time. This of course could open the door for Linux to make another attempt to push into the consumer computing space.

I await my cheap snapdragon Linux sub-notebook.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

To become a competitor to the PC platform, ARM still have to get some standardized desktop architecture, though.

So far, the only thing standard in the ARM ecosystem is the instruction set... Err... Wait a minute... Which of the available instructions sets by the way ? If you only take the A-series, there are already four of them ;)

Edited 2011-02-15 08:08 UTC

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

That's one of the plus points of VM based environments.

Keep the bytecode as executable file format and let the VM/JIT care about the proper instruction set.

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viton Member since:
2005-08-09

A-series are ARMv7.
Cortex-M microcontrollers feature Thumb2, but not ARM instruction set. But these should not be compatible with A-series, because this is entirely different market.
I don't think ARM for desktop will be available before ARMv8. It would be stupid to change ISA right after the beginning of possible "desktop intervention".

Edited 2011-02-15 13:31 UTC

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

I think the shapes of a Quallcom/NVidia/Omap war destined to fragment the platform slowly reveal.

All of them support different extensions for doing basically the same.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Oh, speaking of ARM vs x86, just discovered this while looking around on youtube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiQ0AnlfBu4

If I did not knew how crappy Atoms are at running recent games, I'd be quite impressed. Nice concept, Razer guys !

Edited 2011-02-15 20:14 UTC

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

4 cores 2.5GHZ depending on how fast the prices fall that could push the next cheap netbook/sub-notebook price war.

This would be particularly dangerous for Microsoft while porting Windows would be trivial the third party stuff would take some time. This of course could open the door for Linux to make another attempt to push into the consumer computing space.

I await my cheap snapdragon Linux sub-notebook.


Although Microsoft has announced Windows for ARM, so far it is just an announcement. Vapourware.

If you want a 2.5GHZ quad-core snapdragon processor in your next next netbook/sub-notebook, right now you will have to have Linux in some form or another, either Ubuntu or Android most likely.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Although Microsoft has announced Windows for ARM, so far it is just an announcement. Vapourware.

Not quite. They have demoed a working system on stage, too. See for example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKc_XGuvNIk (it gets interesting after 1:00)

Sure, that's not a shipping product, but it's much more than a mere announcement.

Edited 2011-02-15 20:18 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

They have demoed it running on a system on a chip ...

Pro Linux, Anti Microsoft crap again.

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avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

Actually, Windows on Arm has been demoed, but this quadcore 2.5 is just a paper announced. I think you are misrepresenting which product is vapourware

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