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April 24, 2014

64-bit phones coming by Christmas says ARM exec


When a chip executive voices surprise at the pace that 64-bit processors are now becoming more prevalent and will be in smartphones this year, you have to take notice.

Tom Lantzsch, ARM’s executive vice president of corporate strategy spoke to CNET and shared that the company has had a noticeable increase in interest for 64-bit mobile processors. More specifically, the 64-bit Cortex-A53 has received a lot of attention from device makers.

The interest was so high in fact, that it came as a surprise to ARM’s executives in the chip design department. The leaders of the company didn’t believe a 64-bit ARM processor would be needed outside corporate server environments in the first stages of rollout.

Tom Lantzsch, EVP of corporate strategy, ARM said

“Certainly, we’ve had big up-tick in demand for mobile 64-bit products. We’ve seen this with our [Cortex] A53, a high-performance 64-bit mobile processor…we’ve been surprised at the pace that [64-bit] is now becoming mobile centric. Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Marvell are examples of public 64-bit disclosures.”

Lantzsch believes ARM and its partners will be ready to launch 64-bit CPUs by Christmas, although that’s as specific as he got. He notes that when 64-bit software gets released, products could change for the better.

Ever since Apple announced its 64-bit Apple A7 chip, device manufacturers and chip makers are in a rush to push 64-bit processors of their own.
A while ago, it was confirmed that a 64-bit Exynos CPU  is coming but that’s hasn’t become official, yet.

Source: CNET


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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini