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IBM and ARM signed an agreement to produce revolutionary technology that would help ARM to move ahead with renewed vigor and IBM to take its first steps at getting a share of the tablet PC market. Under an agreement signed in January, IBM will support ARM in its endeavor to scale its Cortex manufacturing process down to 14 nanometers. This would arm ARM with the thinnest silicon chips in the market and hence make it one of the best processor providers for tablets. ARM’s system on a chip platform had revolutionized the tablet processors with enhanced battery life and powerful computing experience with reduced size.
Michael Cadigan, general manager for IBM’s Microelectronics unit, said that ARM’s Cortex processors are now the processors of choice for leading smartphone manufacturers and tablet PC companies. He said that IBM plans to work closely with ARM and other customers to give a boost to the present ARM technology for a varied range of computing and communication devices and products.
IBM is now a party to the biggest technological boom of this year and wants to expand its horizons into processors and chips too. ARM officials feel that this transfer of manufacturing process over to IBM will allow their company to focus on design and development of next generation innovation in the form of chips powering mobile technology. Simon Segars, executive vice president and GM over ARM’s Physical IP unit, said that IBM already has a reputation of excelling in research and development.
ARM had become the leading provider of the SOC platform to OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) like Samsung and Dell. Also Microsoft who till now was a supporter of Intel has dissolved that relationship and jumped on the ARM band wagon and planned the next generation of Windows, Windows 8 to be powered by ARM’s processor chips. IBM saw a jump in its shares with this announcement, with them going up by 3.05% as soon as the announcement was made, ARM shares however came down by a 2.5% following the increase of 3% the previous day when Goldman Sachs had recognized its growing role in the computing market claiming that tablets will soon replace one in three PC sales this year.
The smartphone market is currently occupied by ARM based processors. ARM based processors have the advantage of high power efficiency and have more processing power as compared to their Intel equivalents. Hence they have been ruling the smartphone industry. But according to analysts, both Intel and ARM have been working hard to address their weaker areas and there will be a point in the next few years when the performance/power efficiency of these technologies will be equal. At that point, the competition in the market should be immense. x86 and MIPS cores have entered the market in 2011, and are forecast to grow to around 18% of the market by 2016.
Processors based on ARM architecture like those of Qualcomm are ruling the roost in the smartphones business. However, Intel is now reworking its new Atom based processors to slowly stand up and hold its own against the competition. The chips Intel is now working on are supposedly extremely power efficient and pack enough processing power to get the task done. It can enable features like video conferencing and High Definition support. This is their second-generation, low-power Atom platform that can exceed their competition in terms of power and performance. These chips are codenamed Moorestown. This system on a chip platform is divided into three components, first is an Atom processor combining the CPU core with video encoder, graphics rendering and memory functions; the second part controls system level tasks, while the final piece is an IC chip handling power delivery and charging. These chips are stated to use just 1.75 percent of the power used by the current Atom chips in the idle state and provide an overall much less power consumption as compared to the present Intel Atom architecture.
At this rate soon Intel could be up and ready to threaten ARM’s market presence. Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Marvell the 4 market leaders, currently occupy 70 percent of the total market revenue stream and these revenues are expected to nothing but double in the next 5 years. The only precursor event for this to happen is for the smartphone industry to continue growing at the same rate as now.
While chip architectures battle it out for control, the selling prices of chipsets are expected to come down. Intel and ARM will have to fight it out in terms of innovation.
Microsoft has been a leader in the market of software technology for a very long time. The modern world of technology is much dependent on the various types of products of the great company. The company of Microsoft is famous for coming up with products that are extremely user friendly and easy to handle. The products can be used by people from sectors of the society. The company of Microsoft has realised that the age of smart phones and computer tablets have arrived. Thus, the company has started to come up with plans to utilise the market scope correctly. The company has always produced products that are extremely reliable and are known to be durable. There are several surveys which have confirmed that the company of Microsoft has been the first choice for the entire world in terms of software selection. The after sales service of the company has also been a major highlight.
The Microsoft is such a fast flowing company, that the entire world expects the company to do something or the other in every single week. The company is very much aware of the tremendous pressure of expectation that always surrounds the company in a huge way. The company has several expert teams which work on developing new ideas and techniques to meet the high degree of expectation of the entire modern world. It is not for nothing that the company has managed to hold the first place for so many years on a constant basis.
The Microsoft week was completely dominated by the Windows Phone 7 Sales, ARM and Nokia Rumours. It has been guessed that the company has hinted of laying special attention to the Microsoft’s tablet and mobile device strategy in a huge way. It is also been guessed that the company would depend a lot on various chip vendors. The entire week was filled with such rumours. The collaboration between the companies of Microsoft and Nokia has also been a major talking point for the entire world. The entire technological society is expecting a big introduction of a new type of product from the company which has always managed to surprise the entire world. However, that big announcement did not come yet, but there are reports stating that it is in the pipeline. The world can expect to be introduced to a completely new technology which will redefine the word technology. The company of Microsoft is too huge to predict, but it is well understood that something very big is on the cards. The entire world is waiting eagerly and speculating about the probable nature of the new product.
The users can be sure that they would have something big to talk about for a very long time, coming very soon from the company which is preferred by most people in terms of software market. The company has also proved to be a good bet in the hardware domain and tablet market. The company of Microsoft is a company to depend upon.
ARM is a big name in the tech world and they are a leader in the microprocessor intellectual property. ARM is famous for designing low-cost, low-power RISC processors and other peripherals. ARM is also the number one architecture used 32-bit ISA. According to a report in 2007, 89% of the billion phones sold every year are using at least one ARM technology in their phone. This is due to their cost-efficient small microprocessors and microcontrollers.
IBM is also the famous x86 makers that dominates microprocessor market today.ARM processors are widely used in mobile phones, music player, digital devices, gaming consoles, calculators and also in computer hardware like hard disk drives. IBM is a big name incomputer hardware and software, and it also offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas like mainframe computers to nanotechnology. There is also one problem with Smartphones that they are not as fast as the laptops. So, these small processors will also increase the computing speed of Smartphones. As most of the consumers now prefer working on Smartphone rather than their laptops or desktop, it will also make them more capable of doing more work on Smartphones.
Recently ARM announced that they will continue their union with IBM, the computing giant and they are planning to work on low-power consuming processors for Smartphones. They are collaborating to create smaller, faster chip designs which won’t eat through as much power. They are also planning to cooperate with each other to manufacture chips and design processes from the earliest stages in order to achieve this dream.
The partnership between ARM and IBM will result in a 14nm manufacturing process size. If we compare with the current 40nm and 32nm that is also developed with the collaboration of IBM, it is minuscule. They have proven themselves with quality processors and now Smartphone manufacturer are excited about the ability to manufacture tiny, cheap, powerful chips with low energy consumption.
General Manager at IBM Microelectronics, Michael cardigan said, “We plan to continue working closely with ARM and our foundry customers to speed the momentum of ARM technology by delivering highly advanced, low-power semiconductor technology for a variety of new communications and computing devices.”
With the growing Smartphone users and the growing popularity, it is very important time to innovate new ideas like ARM and IBM is doing. There will be power-efficient and low-cost Smartphone available if they will be able to successfully develop this project. There is very high demand for Smartphones and tablet computers, the main advantage of using these devices are the tiny size and movable features. They run on batteries and it is always not possible to get it charged everywhere, so, this low-power processor will benefit consumers. Everyone is hoping some more innovations in Smrtphones not just on its outer looks but also in its processor speed and low-power technology.
Gone are the days when a laptop looked and weighed like a attaché case and a mobile phone had no other purpose than to make and receive calls. These days, ultra-portable netbooks are all the rage; as mobile phones can do everything from taking home videos, managing your calendar and finances, and even hook up to your TV for a home theater experience. That’s not even counting the tablets that have become part of everybody’s must-have list with the release of the Apple Ipad.
Just as these portable gadgets become more complex and multifunctional, so do the demands of a strong, fast, connective yet non-demanding operating platform become more pressing. With Android steadily dominating the mobile market, and Apple still fiercely secretive of its own, a new mobile platform has just rolled into the block. Meet MeeGo.
Power-Packed Portable Linux in a Pretty Package
MeeGo was first introduced in February 2010 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Intel and Nokia wowed the techno world by revealing that they’re joining forces to create the brand-new, Linux-based mobile operating platform. This new portable platform is a mixture of Intel’s mobile Linux system, Moblin, and Nokia’s Maemo platform, also based on Linux. The open source project promises to deliver cross-platform flexibility and availability because of its mini-architecture. This means that it can run on Intel and ARM chips, or as an API between Windows, Mac, or Symbian platforms. It also has potential to deliver in terms of computing power and speed, blending Moblin’s core software platform with the impeccable graphics delivered by Maemo’s Qt UI toolkit. Based on developers’ statements, the MeeGo is geared for use not just on mobile phones and netbooks but also in other handhelds like tablets PCs, mediaphones, and even in-vehicle screens.
MeeGo for Netbooks
MeeGo v.1.0 for Atom-based netbooks first rolled out in May 25. The operating platform, available for download at the project site (http://meego.com), was a visual tasty treat that came built-in with a synchronized calendar, social networking aggregator, Google Chrome/Chromium, email app, multimedia-playing music player, and full integration with the Intel apps store. All these are centered on the Myzone, which was MeeGo’s launchpad which reveals at a glance appointments, tasks, social networking updates and thumbnails of recently opened files and/or applications. Programs are organized into tabs for convenience. Under the hood, the system runs on kernel 2.6.33 of Linux, relies on DeviceKit and udev for interacting with hardware devices, has a modern 2D / 3D graphics stack including Kernel Mode Setting and non-root X, voice and data connectivity with Connman connection manager, Ofono telephony stack, BlueZ Bluetooth, and Universal Plug and Play. The stunning visuals were courtesy of the Qt 4.6, an upgrade from Maemo’s UI toolkit. Another brand-new development to this netbook OS is the use of the next-generation Linux BTRFS file system. To date, MeeGo 1.0 has been tested on a variety of netbooks, namely the Asus EeePC 901/1000H/1005HA/1008HA, EeePC 1005PE, Eeetop ET1602, Dell mini10v, Inspiron Mini 1012, Acer Aspire One D250/AO532-21S, Revo GN40, Aspire 5740-6025, Lenovo S10, MSI U130 /AE1900,HP mini 210-1044, and Toshiba NB302.
The First MeeGo Tablets Roll Out
This June at the widely anticipated Computex expo in Taiwan, MeeGo made waves again with the debut of the first MeeGo-based tablets. Running on a prototype of the MeeGo v.1.1, the platform was seen on a Qanta RedVale Tablet and the Wistron W1 and CZC P10T tablets. The Qanta Redvale and Wistron W1 both run on the new 1.5 GHz Intel Atom Moorestown, one of the fastest mobile processors to date. Although both Wistron tablets were kept behind glass displays, hands-on tests with the 10-inch resistive touchscreen Qanta Redvale held much promise. The interface was responsive, the layout customizable to grid or panel views, and comes with a variety of core applications that can be upgraded or updated through the built-in connection with the Intel app store. The Redvale tablet was able to play up to 720p video impressively, and can support five-finger multitouch and multi-touch pinch zooming of images. The tablet is not due for release until mid-2011, though, so there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
Although pretty impressive, the MeeGo still has a long way to go before it topples Android or makes serious inroads in the mobile device market. With version 1.1 for handsets, netbooks and tablets set for release in October, though, we’ll just have to wait with bated breath for the new features and improvements the platform has in store.