ARM is HUGE and Growing Rapidly

From Digitimes:
There were as many as 6.1 billion ARM-licensed chips shipped globally in 2010, hiking from 2009 by 55% which was much higher than the 30% industry average, Lu pointed out. Of the chips, 62% were used in mobile Internet-access devices, 19% in embedded devices, 14% in business-use equipment and 5% in home-use products, Lu indicated.

With numbers like that, ARM is a force to be reckoned with and like a tsunami the effects will be felt globally. We have seen the performance of smart-thingies rise to the levels typical of personal computers so they will enter that field as well as servers. There is simply no reason not to use the technology which is less expensive, cooler and more compact. All the advantages that benefit embedded and mobile use can work in “normal” PCs, particularly in small cheap PCs, thin clients and all-in-one PCs.

Oh, that article confirms that ARM and M$ are up to something but why not? Everyone else is doing something with ARM.

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5 Responses to ARM is HUGE and Growing Rapidly

  1. That’s too bad. Lots of folks have upgraded their Backflips to Android 2.1

    see http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=motorola+backflip+update&aq=f

    I find it strange non-US cannot update it. Have you found anyone in the community of users who has rooted the phone to install Android 2.x? It looks like a problem with Motorola. Several have reported that their phones became trashy after updates from Motorola. Perhaps downgrading would improve reliability.

  2. Yonah says:

    “We have seen the performance of smart-thingies rise to the levels typical of personal computers”

    Yes, personal computers as they were back in 1992.

    I have a Motorola Backflip (ME600) phone I purchased in Hong Kong running Android 1.5. I can’t upgrade it because Motorola doesn’t provide a means for non-US customers. I’ve since had to do a factory reset after it became slow and developed numerous problems, the worse being a 10 to 20 second delay in dialing any given phone number. I have to play it safe and avoid installing anything I really don’t need. Due to changes Google made to the Market, I can’t even re-download some of the programs I was using before. This is the fragmentation problem some people say is just FUD. It’s real and I’m very pissed about it.

    Despite having a faster processor than my old Palm TX, this phone isn’t as responsive given the weight of the software running. Even running a simple game with a few moving objects, the animation becomes sluggish and choppy if any other program is running in the background. It takes upwards of 8 seconds to resize a 5MP camera image down to fit the tiny screen.

    My home PC (purchased in 2009) is using an Intel Quad Core running at 2.34 GHz. Which ARM chip out today will give me equal performance?

    “There is simply no reason not to use the technology which is less expensive, cooler and more compact.”

    Performance. I want performance to do all the things I do with my PC now, and I want them done as fast as possible within my selected budget. The fastest ARM chip today can’t meet my performance needs, even if the software I use was written to support that architecture.

  3. @Ray
    What is “it”?

  4. Ray says:

    Wait, where did you get it?

  5. Richard Chapman says:

    Yes, Microsoft would have to be working on something to go with ARM. Last I heard they were to have a special chip made just for them. My guess is that it would be called the Super Microsoft ARM chip or SMARM (snort).

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