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NVIDIA is thumping its chest over a round of impressive benchmark runs that highlight the potency of mixing its A100 accelerators with either Arm or x86 hardware. Regardless of the CPU platform, NVIDIA contends that its accelerators enable the "best results in AI inference," and it has another batch of benchmarks to support its claim. The GPU maker is especially interested in highlighting results obtained with A100 and Arm hardware. Traditionally, data centers have turned to x86 silicon, which is well-suited for the kinds of demanding workloads they're constantly being hammered with, for a variety of applications. But Arm has been gaining ground. "The Arm architecture is making headway into data... Read more...
When Google announced the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in early August, the company said that the flagship smartphones would be powered by an in-house designed Tensor SoC. Unfortunately, Google didn't provide us with any specifications for the chip, other than that Samsung would manufacture it. Now, thanks to leaker Digital Chat Station, we're learning that Tensor could be a performance powerhouse thanks to its core configuration compared to existing flagship SoCs like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. The Snapdragon 888 features a single Cortex-X1 prime core clocked at 2.84GHz, three additional Cortex-A78 performance cores clocked at up to 2.42GHz, and four Cortex-A55 efficiency cores that can run at... Read more...
Do you possess detailed knowledge of RISC-V Instruction Set Architectures (ISAs) and fancy yourself someone who can manage multiple tasks and self-prioritize? If so, then you may be a good candidate for a job opening at Apple, one that suggests the company might be dipping its toe into an open-source alternative to Arm's processor core architecture for future Mac and iPhone devices. Admittedly, It would be a bit of a reach to connect a simple job listing for a "RISC-V High Performance Programmer" and Apple breaking up with Arm, as it is in the process of doing with Intel. But the endgame of not only designing its own chips, but also sidestepping Arm core license royalties is certainly within... Read more...
As if NVIDIA doesn't already have enough trouble trying to get its purchase of Arm to pass muster through numerous regulatory hurdles, a new challenge has emerged in China. Allen Wu, who serves as the CEO of Arm China, has quite literally "gone rogue." Using his position of power at Arm China, Wu attempted to launch his own company called Alphatecture. In the lead-up to this incredibly troubling turn of events, Wu offered existing Arm China customers discounts if they would invest in Alphatecture. Not surprisingly, Arm China's board members found this behavior egregious and voted 7-1 to remove him. But as SemiAnalysis aptly points out, Wu owns the seal to the company which, in China, pretty much... Read more...
Following NVIDIA’s announcement of its intent to acquire Arm, global antitrust concerns were almost immediately raised. However, it seemed that things had settled down until now, as the United Kingdom is considering blocking the deal, citing national security concerns. In late 2020, NVIDIA announced that it sought to acquire Arm from Japanese SoftBank Group for approximately $40 billion. Such a merger for NVIDIA could make sense for growth and future vertical integration, but it is not surprising that there have been antitrust concerns as NVIDIA competes with companies who rely on Arm architecture. However, it seems that governments have moved past this with the new national... Read more...
You can find Arm's intellectual property in a wide range of devices, from smartphones and tablets, to wireless routers, TVs, and so much more. You can squeezes wearables in there as well (smartwatches and fitness bands). As it pertains to wearables, Arm is looking to advance the category in a big way with flexible electronics. Flexible electronics is not a new idea by any stretch. However, Arm has produced what it says is a more complex design than what past efforts have consisted of, with a new prototype called PlasticArm. It is essentially a plastic-based microchip featuring a 32-bit Cortex-M0 processor, 456 bytes of ROM, and 128 bytes of RAM. That is not a mind boggling amount of processing... Read more...
NVIDIA is far along in the process of acquiring Arm from SoftBank, and it has promised a laundry list of benefits that will come with the blockbuster tech marriage. In addition to the financial resources that NVIDIA brings to the table to keep Arm at the forefront of performance-per-watt dominance, the company has discussed the technological benefits of incorporating existing NVIDIA tech into Arm designs. NVIDIA today made two significant announcements regarding its efforts to bring Arm further under its wings. First, at this week's Game Developers Conference (GDC), NVIDIA showcased demos of Wolfenstein: Youngblood and The Bistro running with RTX ray traced effects. NVIDIA's demos were running... Read more...
Late last year, newly formed NUVIA Inc. aimed to take on Intel and AMD in the data center with a massive $240 million funding round. Now, the company recently acquired by Qualcomm, is retargeting its sights on the mobile space and could take a shot at Apple in hopes of gaining better penetration in the laptop market as soon as next year. As it stands, Apple’s M1 chip is an incredibly power-efficient and performant mobile processor architecture that is tough to beat. However, on Thursday, Qualcomm Inc’s newly appointed CEO, Cristiano Amon spoke with Reuters explaining that, with the acquisition of Nuvia and the expertise acquired therein, Qualcomm could end up with the... Read more...
When NVIDIA announced its intention to purchase Arm for $40 billion last year, it sent shockwaves through the chip industry. NVIDIA is best known for its high-performance GeForce graphics cards and hardware used for enterprise applications. At the same time, Arm architecture powers CPU designs featured in billions of devices globally, ranging from smartphones to cars to wireless routers to computers. Arm Has Had Enough Of Haters, Has Nothing But Love For NVIDIA With this in mind, there has been much negative attention aimed at the deal, particularly by NVIDIA's competitors and government regulators that fear that it could be anticompetitive. Arm CEO Simon Segars, however, doesn't see things that... Read more...
NVIDIA announced its intention to purchase Arm last year for a record $40 billion. With Arm under its helm, the company would play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the chip architecture that powers billions of devices (and growing) around the globe. Given the many players that leverage Arm chip designs – including heavy hitters like Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung, MediaTek, and countless others – the deal has faced heavy regulatory scrutiny. With this in mind, incoming Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon is offering an alternative to an NVIDIA-only agreement. Incoming Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon Amon suggested to The Telegraph that Qualcomm could join a consortium of key industry players... Read more...
Last year around this time, Arm announced its next-gen, custom Cortex-X1 core, which was its most potent CPU architecture to date. The Cortex-X1 "prime" core is found inside modern flagship SoCs like Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 and Samsung's Exynos 2100. Today, however, Arm is announcing the successor to the Cortex-X1, unsurprisingly called the Cortex-X2. Cortex-X2: Leading The Performance Charge For The New Armv9 Architecture The Cortex-X2 is based on the new Armv9 architecture, and Arm claims that it will deliver up to a 30 percent uplift in performance over the Cortex-X1 found in devices like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. There's also a claimed 2x uplift in machine learning (ML) performance,... Read more...
Do you need a powerful computer that comes in the form factor of a credit card? The new ROC-RK3566-PC from Firefly should fit the bill, supporting up to 8GB of RAM and an M.2 NVMe SSD which should be plenty for many workloads. To kick things off, this pint-sized PC packs a quad-core Cortex-A55 running at up to 1.8GHz alongside an ARM Mali-G52 2EE GPU with support for a variety of rendering APIs and video codecs. This single-board computer can also be configured with up to 8GB of LPDDR4 ECC RAM and up to a healthy 128GB eMMC before you must worry about adding an M.2 NVMe PCIe 2.0 SSD. As for connectivity, the board boasts gigabit ethernet, dual-band Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5 onboard. There is also... Read more...
Back in 2018, a processor security vulnerability called Spectre appeared, affecting all modern CPU architectures from Intel, AMD, and even ARM in the last 20 years. Since then, major players and semiconductor OEMs have worked hard to patch out the vulnerabilities in a cybersecurity whack-a-mole game, in some cases leading to performance loss and other issues. Today, unfortunately, University of Virginia Researchers have now found a way to circumvent all of the original Spectre security mitigations, essentially resurrecting the ghostly security flaw that will now again haunt billions of PCs globally. Of the vulnerabilities that appeared in 2018, Spectre was the nastier of the two primary... Read more...
When we think of processors used in the enterprise market, Intel Xeon or AMD EPYC x86-64 families typically comes to mind. Intel has the lion's share of the market, with AMD steadily gaining traction ever since its Zen architecture birthed first-generation EPYC 7001 processors. However, Arm is also a player in this space with its Neoverse CPU architecture, which first debuted in 2019. Neoverse N2: Cloud-to-Edge Performance Greatness Amazon Web Services (AWS) deployed its and Graviton2 processor, while Ampere has made waves with its Altra; both processors are based on Arm's Neoverse N1 architecture. Today, Arm is ready to take the next giant leap in performance with the launch of Neoverse N2.... Read more...
Do you think NVIDIA is a little nervous that its planned acquisition of Arm will fall apart due to regulatory scrutiny? If so, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang is displaying one heck of a poker face. During a recent question-and-answer session with the press following NVIDIA's GTC 2021 keynote, Huang addressed the topic, and expressed confidence that "regulators will see the wisdom of the transaction." The transaction, as Huang calls it, is a pretty big deal in the making. Not just monetarily—it's a massive $40 billion acquisition—but in the possible ripple effects it could have in the technology industry at large. That's because Arm's intellectual property (IP) is found in a wealth of everyday... Read more...
Arm processor architecture helps make the world go-'round, as chips using the instruction set and core architecture reside in various devices from smartphones/tablets to automotive applications, smart TVs and appliances, and networking equipment. Most tech enthusiasts, however, are primarily familiar with Arm architecture in consumer devices like Android smartphones (typically powered by Qualcomm-designed Snapdragon Arm-based SoCs) and Apple devices (iPhones and the new M1 Macs), which typically utilize Arm core architecture of various derivatives. For the past decade, these devices have been employing variants of the Armv8 architecture, the first native 64-bit Arm instruction set (starting... Read more...
It has been around five months since NVIDIA announced its intentions to acquire Arm Holdings from SoftBank for $40 billion, including $12 billion in cash. For the deal to be finalized, however, NVIDIA will need to pass regulatory scrutiny in several territories, and some of the industry's biggest tech giants are urging antitrust officials to nix the deal as constructed. NVIDIA designs graphics processing units (GPUs) for a variety of market segments, gaming and professional graphics cards. It also develops system-on-chip (SoC) solutions, and in more recent years, has focused heavily on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies, with various solutions for high performance... Read more...
Late last year, NVIDIA announced its intentions to acquire Arm for a staggering $40 billion, making it one of the biggest chip deals in history. The acquisition plan has recently hit some roadblocks with antitrust regulators worldwide, which could require months of additional maneuvering by NVIDIA. Now, individual companies who are customers of Arm and competitors to NVIDIA, such as Qualcomm, have also objected to NVIDIA’s bid to buy Arm. According to anonymous sources, the San Diego-based mobile chipset company has reached out to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), European Commission, the U.K Competition and Markets Authority, and China’s State Administration for Market Regulation.... Read more...
Back in September, NVIDIA and SoftBank confirmed the chip giant's intentions to acquire Arm for $40 billion. In the intervening months since the announcement, tech giants and governments alike have shown a range of reactions from hesitance to outright opposition to the transaction. Arm has a history of licensing its ISA to just about anyone, leading to a huge variety of SoC makers crafting chips for all kinds of usage from smartphones to autonomous vehicles. That's why NVIDIA still faces so many questions from policy makers and regulatory agencies around the globe.  A fresh report from Nikkei says that NVIDIA's plans to acquire Arm face big questions from governments worldwide, and that... Read more...
Do you think Microsoft might be feeling the heat from Apple to improve the Windows 10 experience on Arm hardware, now that Apple has released its M1 chip? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, Microsoft last month released a preview build of Windows 10 on Arm to Insiders in the Dev channel, which added the ability to run x64 apps in emulation. However, a subsequent cumulative update breaks the experience. Windows 10 Insider build 21292 in the Dev channel is the one that adds support for x64 app emulation. It arrived in the second week of December 2020, and bolstered the functionality of Arm64 devices like the Surface Pro X and Lenovo Flex 5G. Those have been off limits up to that point, as when Arm64... Read more...
If 2020 can be notable for any trends in the tech sector, it's these two: working from home and shunning Intel's x86 processors. Apple famously and most recently gave Intel the boot in favor of its own M1 system-on-a-chip (SoC). However, Apple didn't start this trend. Windows on Arm got a big boost very late in 2019 and into early 2020 when Microsoft released the Surface Pro X. Now Redmond is looking at Arm in a different space: the datacenter.  According to reports from Bloomberg, Microsoft has been working on its own brand of SoC for servers that it provides as part of its cloud services, including Azure. Arm SoCs with a lot of cores and plenty of PCI Express connectivity can service many... Read more...
Devices running Apple's new M1 Arm processors were just released last month, but software developers are already quickly embracing them. In fact, it could be said that developers have been more eager to create native Arm64 compatible versions of their apps for M1 MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs and Mac minis than they have for Windows 10 on Arm devices running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx SoC. With that being said, Microsoft is rolling out the first public release of Office apps that are native to the M1. This means that all of your favorites like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote should gain all performance benefits inherent with the M1. Microsoft is delivering the updated Office... Read more...
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