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ARM and TSMC ink 64-bit deal to oust Intel from businesses

ARM and TSMC ink 64-bit deal to oust Intel from businesses

ARM and TSMC have inked a deal for the next-generation of 64-bit processors, paving the way for phones, tablets, notebooks and even servers which outclass x86 chips on performance and efficiency. The deal, which builds on an existing multi-year agreement between ARM and TSMC on 20nm production, will see ARM optimize its ARMv8 architecture and Artisan IP with TSMC's FinFET process technology, slashing the time it takes to bring new, advanced chips to market.

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HP to hold off on ARM-based Windows tablet

HP to hold off on ARM-based Windows tablet

HP has confirmed that it is canceling plans to launch an ARM-based Windows RT tablet and will instead focus solely on Intel-based Windows 8 tablets for debut this fall. The company explains that the decision was influenced by customer feedback, which indicated that the ecosystem of x86 applications would offer the best customer experience.

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First-gen HP Project Moonshot bypasses ARM for Intel

First-gen HP Project Moonshot bypasses ARM for Intel

If you recall, HP’s Project Moonshot was an attempt ot create an ultra low-power server using ARM’s Calxeda, allowing the company to pack a large number of servers into a single rack unit. Now it looks like HP has decided to move in a different direction, announcing that it will be initially using Intel’s “Centerton” Atom chips instead. HP say they went with Atom due to the 64-bit support, hardware virtualization, low power requirements, and a broader software ecosystem.

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AMD and ARM partner on chip security

AMD and ARM partner on chip security

AMD and ARM have announced a partnership that would see AMD making use of an ARM-based Cortex A5 chip on future processors in order to use TrustZone technology. The move is designed to make use of the security features on offer with the ARM chip, so don’t worry about some dramatic shift away from x86 architecture. AMD will build the new security chip into future APUs in 2013, with a wider device rollout planned for 2014.

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Dell shows off its first ARM-based servers

Dell shows off its first ARM-based servers

Need a server for your small business, but don't want the huge, expensive and power-hungry x86 models that have been all the rage for decades? Then Dell would like a word. Today they've introduced their first server blades built on the ubiquitous ARM platform, better known for smartphones and tablets than enterprise hardware. The Copper-class C500 3U units can fit a dozen into a chassis, and only draw 15 watts of power each.

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ARM CEO: 10% of phones will have Intel by 2015

ARM CEO: 10% of phones will have Intel by 2015

It’s taken a while for Intel to enter the mobile game, but the first phone to feature its Medfield chip, the Lava Xolo X900, definitely attracted some attention thanks to the impressive benchmarks. Could Intel be a viable competitor for the likes of Qualcomm and NVIDIA after all? The CEO of ARM, Warren East, is being cautious, saying that between 5 and 10% of smartphones will feature Intel chips by 2015.

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Intel thinks Windows on ARM hardware will struggle with no legacy support

Intel thinks Windows on ARM hardware will struggle with no legacy support

You're going to need to take this with a big chunk of salt but Intel CEO Paul Otellini has claimed that Windows on ARM processors will struggle with no legacy support. Intel and ARM are fighting heavily in the smartphone and mobile device market where ARM leads and Intel has difficulty competing. ARM is now moving in on Intel's computing market with Microsoft pledging support for Windows on ARM parts.

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Google and Mozilla blast Windows 8 browser bias

Google and Mozilla blast Windows 8 browser bias

Microsoft is under fire from Google and Mozilla, accused of anti-competitive practices with the special version of Windows 8 for ARM-based notebooks and tablets. Windows RT, the OS Microsoft hopes will help its OEM partners better challenge Apple's iPad, pushes the Metro interface rather than the relatively locked-down Windows Classic desktop, with browsers like Firefox and Chrome only allowed to run in the former. That, Mozilla argues - with Google soon wading in afterward - is unfair, especially as Microsoft will have a Classic version of Internet Explorer.

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TSMC 28nm ARM chip reaches speeds of 3.1Ghz

TSMC 28nm ARM chip reaches speeds of 3.1Ghz

We may be reaching the point where raw specs no longer matter and the software experience is paramount, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping manufacturers from pushing the boundaries. Chip foundry TSMC has created a 28nm ARM-based chip capable of reaching speeds up to 3.1Ghz. The chip is a dual-core Cortex A9 variant, and based on the “high performance mobile” process.

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Nokia looking into tablets

Nokia looking into tablets

Nokia may have posted a massive $1.7 billion loss for Q1 of this year, but the company is trying to fight back with its Lumia Windows Phones in partnership with Microsoft. What else does the company have up its sleeve going forward? Jorma Ollila, chairman of Nokia, has revealed that the company is looking into the possibility of a tablet, and some other form factors too.

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ARM details stellar Q1 2012

ARM details stellar Q1 2012

More financial news! This time it’s ARM, the UK company who designs and licenses the plethora of chips that make their way into smartphones and tablets (among other things) the world over. ARM announced that it has seen strong growth in revenue yet again, up 13% on the same quarter last year. The jump is mainly attributed to the number of licenses used for chips, as well as the sheer number of chips being used in devices.

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Sub-$300 Windows 8 tablets aim to hack iPad marketshare

Sub-$300 Windows 8 tablets aim to hack iPad marketshare

Sub-$300 Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets are in the pipeline as Microsoft attempts to cut iPad marketshare to under 50-percent by mid-2013, insiders claim, with 32 tablets on the market predicted by the end of this year. HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, ASUS and Toshiba are all said to be working on Windows 8 models, presumably using x86 processors, for 2012 so DigiTimes' sources say, with Lenovo and Acer particularly keen to chase the sub-$300 market and rival budget Android-based models.

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