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Friday, November 22, 2013
ARM Sees No Need For 128-bit Processors
ARM has clarified that it has no plans to develop any 128-bit processor technology, responding to recent reports.
An article appeared a couple of days ago in the Korea Herald and has fueled speculation. According to the article, ARM is developing 128-bit processor technology. The report included comments allegedly made by an ARM executive.
In an official post, however, ARM denied any of those discussions took place.
"Comments attributed to any ARM executive including my colleague Antonio Viana that allegedly discuss any specific partner's chip plans for the future or 128 bit development are inaccurate: no such comments have been made," the company said.
Ian Drew, ARM CMO and Executive VP, says that 64-bit processors are capable of supporting the needs of the computing industry now and for many years to come.
"There are absolutely no plans underway for 128 bit ARM-based chips because they simply aren't needed. Rumors to the contrary are simply incorrect," he says.
Over the past month, beginning at the ARM TechCon event in Santa Clara and continuing worldwide at ARM Technical Symposia, ARM has publicly presented the future of ARM technologies to engineers.
ARM leads the way with our 32-bit CPUs supporting a range of power and performance points, including solutions using our big.LITTLE technology. These will be in about 10 billion chips sold in 2013 and ARM expets thet will continue to grow in the future.
ARM has launched a family of ARMv8-A architecture based processors that support 64-bit, and the first products based on these chips are coming to market.
In the coming year ARM expects to see increasing announcements of 64-bit solutions across mobile, networking and server markets.
Earlier this year Apple announced that its new iPhone 5S comes with a 64-bit chip. Samsung also said it plans to put 64-bit processors in its smartphones, but those devices aren't expected until 2014.