Marvell has announced a new ARM chip. This one has 3 processors. What is different is a powerful graphics processor in addition. This thing can run a gaming console, or a PC. It is like a motherboard on a chip. This may not go into an ATX case but it could or it could go into a compact form like the PC in your monitor (look Ma, fewer cables!) or keyboard.
There is a good analysis on Ars Technica. That’s not just for a smart-phone. It’s a smart-thingy that could be running your next PC. At 200 MT/s (Mega Triangles/s) it could redraw a desktop at full speed or do HD video. Wouldn’t it be cute if the monitor were the largest consumer of power in your system? It could be cooler and quieter, too.
Marvell says it’s for smartphones…”Marvell Raises Technology Bar Again with World’s First 1.5 GHz Tri-Core Processor Delivering Dual Stream 1080p 3D Video for Smartphones and Tablets” but they are distributing samples now and I want one for my next PC. Anyone want my old hair-drier?
The spec that jumps out: 1080P for 10 hours on a charge of a smart-phone. Intel is getting close to being able to do that with the battery in a netbook… I think ARM is ahead and pulling away. Did I mention USB3 in a smart-thingy??? How is that not going to end up in a PC, desktop, notebook or netbook? Everyone will want one.