AnandTech – Qualcomms New Snapdragon S4: MSM8960 & Krait Architecture Explored

Given Tuesday’s announcement of the first ARM-15 architecture chip from ARM and TMSC, the ball is rolling now. We’re getting closer and closer to desktop capable CPUs in terms of clock, core and now data/instruction bus widths. Once the ARM-15 64bit chip hits the market Qualcomm is going to need to accelerate its development of competing chips. But for now, I think integrating many functions into the same die will have to do. Here now is Qualcomm’s SnapDragon, Read On:

ARM daddy simulates human brain with million-chip super • The Register

Many wondered when this day would come. Many have written and researched and made full on attempts to simulate the brain in silicon. Now with the rise of low power CPUs (Atom,Arm), massively parallel and dense servers (Seamicro,Calxeda,Tilera) it’s time once again to take a stab at it. Luckily this time around one of the guys who designed the ARM cpu is the Principle Investigator. Something big is going to happen I suspect.

ARM server hero Calxeda lines up software super friends • The Register

Intel is doing its level best to spread Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt concerning how viable ARM based chips would be in a data center server rack. ARM is the engine of many a cell phone, but server loads? That’s the question Intel is trying to raise even as data center floor space and cooling costs become more expensive. Calxeda is trying to emphasize the lower energy consumption going forward attempting to put a greener face on its potential data center installations.

Facebook: No ‘definite plans’ to ARM data centers • The Register

After Facebook’s presentation at the Open Compute Day, I got to thinking more about other competitors in the market for the low energy consumption data center. And while everyone including Google remain loyal to Intel, the smaller upstarts have an opportunity to raise their marginal return if they choose wisely. I say this in part due to the folks like Seamicro and Tilera and ARM who are attempting to provide equal compute cycles per core, while running back the voltage and amperage required for each tick-tock of the CPU clock. Experts in the field of Electronics Engineering claim serial processors will always carry the day, but what price progress if we hold onto Amdahl’s Law for too long?

Calxeda boasts of 5 watt ARM server node • The Register

There have been hints, whispers, speculation and allegations that ARM is setting it’s sights on the data center with it’s ARM-15 CPU architecture (still in development). However, on the mobile computing front, Apple has showed what amazing power savings are possible with fully tweaked ARM-8 cpus in it’s A4 processor for the iPad and iPhone 4. A full 10 hours of battery life in a tablet still stands as a record for all others to break. And yet, no one has quite achieved that level of optimization. Which leads me to wonder what if someone with enough startup money and time could develop an ARM based server TODAY? What kind of power savings could they achieve given what is possible today in a SeaMicro SM-10000 server using lackluster Intel Atom chips designed for netbooks?

IBM Teams Up With ARM for 14-nm Processing

Intel and IBM and TSMC and Samsung have all competed against one another in the area of shrinking the size of the design rules that govern their production lines for processors. Each new successively smaller generation has to be tested, piloted and put into production with big amounts of failed product along the way. And even as the point of diminishing returns comes with each new process shrink, the drive is on to continue the march to progress, smaller chips, and new partners along the way.

Apple A4 SOC unveiled – It’s an ARM CPU and the GPU! – Bright Side Of News*

“iPad is powered by our own custom silicon. We have an incredible group that does custom silicon at Apple,” company co-founder Steve Jobs said during Wednesday’s keynote. “We have a chip called A4, which is our most advanced chip we’ve ever done that powers the iPad. It’s got the processor, the graphics, the I/O, the memory controller — everything in this one chip, and it screams.”