When the desktop was king, Microsoft and Intel ruled the roost. Microsoft was continuing to improve their operating system while Intel kept up by introducing faster CPU’s. The relationship between Microsoft and Intel known as WinTel continued to blossom over the years. Some could argue that the combination of the Intel Pentium processor and Windows XP was their finest hour.
As we enter into a new decade where devices such as smartphones and tablets will dominate the world of computing, two relatively new comers may dominate the new era of computers. Google and their smart phone system Android plus their new operating system called Chromium and a new ARM processor called the Cortex A-15 MP Core, could become known as GoogleARM.
According to a recent article it states that:
ARM, today is introducing a new chip architecture called the Cortex-A15 MPCore. This architecture will form the underpinning of the newest (and perhaps the beefiest) members of the Cortex family of mobile chips that power our iPhones, Samsung Galaxys and the iPads. Thanks to this new architecture, companies such as TI and Samsung will make chips that will come in dual and quad-core configurations and will run at clock speeds of up to 2.5 GHz. Don’t be surprised that by 2012 our tablets and smart phones on average be about five times as powerful, with no detrimental impact on power consumption.
So why is this new chip architecture important? The answer is pretty simple. As we have often explained in the past, the computing is going through a transition akin to the shift from fixed line phones to cellular telephones. Computing is becoming portable and pocketable. It is omnipresent and at our finger tips. It is making us rethink all current notions about the Internet. Mobile connectivity is also bringing the power of the cloud to our palms.
Soon we are going to have even faster networks at our disposal, thanks to the rise of next generation wireless broadband technologies such as Long-Term Evolution or LTE. These faster networks will bring data to our devices at much higher speeds, which mean we will need faster chips to process that information. Just as the growth of faster broadband sparked the sales of ever-more-powerful Pentium chips, a similar trend is going to take hold in the wireless world.
This new world needs a new kind of architecture – one that marries power with very little power consumption so as to give long battery life to our portable devices. “Even with a lot of bandwidth, we are still going to need processing power in the devices,” explained ARM’s director of marketing, Nandan Nayampally. Think of this chip as a heavyweight boxer with the stamina of a long distance runner.
Add to this alternative operating systems from Apple, Google and others, and we may eventually be seeing some new kids on the block that could dominate portable devices.
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