Want China Times— US chipmaker Qualcomm Technologies recently announced early specs for a new ARM-based data center system on a chip (SoC), expanding beyond mobile chips into the lucrative server processor sector dominated by Intel. Chinese enterprises should take cues from Qualcomm’s recent move, web portal Sina.com writes.
Digi Times — A new ARM CPU design center located in Taiwan’s Hsinchu Science Park (HSP) officially opened on September 22. The workforce of the center will reach 100 employees by the end of 2015, up from the current 43, according to ARM. The new ARM CPU design center is the UK-based semiconductor IP provider’s fourth worldwide, and the first in the Asia-Pacific region. Establishment of the center was announced during Computex 2014 in Taipei.
China Tech News — British-based ARM has partnered with Chinese smart device firm Thundersoft to launch an Internet of Things accelerator in Beijing. The ARM Innovation Ecosystem Accelerator is an IoT one-stop shop for startups and OEMs in Beijing. The Beijing facility is the first of four planned and is aimed at further advancing China’s IoT industry. Financial terms of the arrangement were not released by either company.
Want China Times — China’s leading smartphone maker Xiaomi is accelerating the development of mobile phone processors. It is also likely to roll out its own chips developed in house early next year, as it was just licensed by ARM, a world leader in microprocessor intellectual property, to access the full series of kernels for cell phone chips, reports Guangzhou’s 21st Century Business Herald, citing remarks made August 4 by the secretary general of the Mobile Phone China Alliance.
Digi Times — Xiaomi is engaged in the development of mobile processors based on the ARM chip architecture, and is expected to have the first in-house developed chips for handsets in early 2016, a 21st CenturyBusiness Herald report quoted sources from China’s handset industry as saying. Xiaomi has obtained the right to gain access to ARM processor technology, the report said. The report did not say specifically whether Xiaomi has an in-house chip design team.
Digi Times — The new Xilinx MPSoC series – dubbed Zynq UltraScale Plus – combines seven user programmable processors including a quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 application processing unit, a dual-core 32-bit ARM Cortex-R5 real-time processing unit, and an ARM Mali-400 graphics processing unit. The Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC family also includes a host of integrated peripherals, safety and security features, and advanced power management.
TAIPEI – Cavium, Inc, a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, cloud, wired and wireless networking, and Wiwynn, a leading cloud services company delivering server and storage platforms optimized for datacenter and cloud environments, today announced the addition of Cavium ThunderX-based workload-optimized server platforms to the Wiwynn server product family.
Taiwan’s MediaTek, a major supplier of handset chips to Chinese manufacturers, launched the Helio P10 system-on-a-chip (SoC) Monday at Computex Taipei to focus on the growing demand for slim smartphones with strong features. The Helio P10 runs a 2GHz octa-core 64-bit processor based on the Cortex-A53 architecture and a 700MHz dual-core 64-bit Mali-T860 graphic processing unit. The SoC will be available in the third quarter of this year and is expected to be in consumer products in late 2015, according to MediaTek.
Through intensified cooperation with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and MediaTek, semiconductor IP provider ARM performed well in 2014, seeing its clients ship over 12 billion units of ARM-based SoCs and over 550 million units of Mali-based GPUs, mostly to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Simon Segars, CEO of ARM, made a visit to Taiwan recently where he held talks with TSMC chairman Morris Chang about future cooperation on the next-generation 16nm and 10nm processes.
Despite aggressively attempting to advance into the PC and server industries, ARM-based CPU platforms will not be able to achieve any significant results within the next two years in the two segments; however ARM and Intel have found a new business opportunities in the Internet of things (IoT) segment and both expect growth in that area, according to sources from the supply chain.
ARM and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) have announced a new multi-year agreement that will deliver ARMv8-A processor IP optimized for TSMC 10nm FinFET process technology. Because of the success in scaling from 20nm SoC to 16nm FinFET, ARM and TSMC have decided to collaborate again for 10FinFET. This early pathfinding work will provide valuable learning to enable physical design IP and methodologies in support of customers to tape-out 10nm FinFET designs as early as the fourth quarter of 2015.
TSMC (台積電) and ARM Holding Co. on Thursday announced a collaborative development initiative on the 10-nanometer (nm) Fin Field-Effect transistor (FinFET) fabrication technology designed for the ARMv8-A architecture capable of 64-bit support. Reports indicate that with aid from ARM and TSMC, clients will be able to assess and implement the 10nm FinFET fabrication intellectual property for 64-bit applications in the fourth quarter of next year at the earliest.
ARM’s Mali is expected to become the mainstream GPU architecture for China-based application processors (APs) in the second half of 2014 in terms of market share, surpassing Imagination significantly. However, in the high-end segment, Mali’s share will be slightly weaker than that of Qualcomm’s GPU architecture due to Qualcomm’s advantages in chip design, but will still perform better than Imagination’s solution.
TAIPEI — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s largest contract chip maker, said Tuesday it has completed a silicon validation of 64-bit chips made on the 16 nanometer process for British chip designer ARM Holdings PLC, representing a breakthrough in cooperation for the industry giants. The silicon results on TSMC’s advanced 16-nm FinFET process technology show that the Cortex-A57 processor can achieve a speed of 2.3 GHz for sustained mobile peak performance, while the lower-end Cortex-A53 processor consumes 75 milliwatts for most common workloads, it said in a statement.
Apple pioneered the use of 64-bit processors in smartphones, but Nvidia claims its 64-bit Denver chip will be even faster when it appears in devices later this year. Nvidia shared a few more details about Denver at the Hot Chips conference in Silicon Valley on Monday. It’s calling it “the world’s first 64-bit ARM processor for Android.” Denver will be used in a 64-bit version of Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip. It will have four Denver CPU cores and 192 Kepler graphics cores, which Nvidia says will provide PC-like performance for laptops, tablets and high-end smartphones. Like Apple’s A7 chip, Denver is based on the ARMv8-A architecture.
Wistron and Inventec will begin ODM production of ARM-architecture servers for Hewlett-Packard (HP) in the second half of 2014, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Some component makers will start shipping products for HP’s ARM-based servers in May. Although ARM solutions are unlikely to become an immediate threat to Intel, the sources believe the extra option should provide clients more leverage to bargain for better prices and more resources from Intel.