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Friday, 04 February 2011 10:18

ARM plans to enter PC, server markets

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By 2015
During a recent conference call ARM announced that it was planning to gain a foothold in PC and server markets by 2015.

However, the process won't be fast and it will depend on further development of its CPUs and moreover a suitable software environment. ARM clearly believes that Microsoft's decision to embrace its architecture will be the driving factor in its desktop drive.

ARM currently holds a 95 percent share in the smartphone market and a 10 percent share in the mobile PC market, mainly thanks to tablets. The company has yet to ship any desktop or server parts and it's hard to say what it will have to offer in 2015.

The advent of faster multi-core processors and more powerful embedded GPUs should allow ARM processors to cope with more demanding applications in the low-end desktop space sometime in the future. On the other hand, ARM's processors will probably find takers in some niche server markets thanks to their power efficiency.

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+5 #1 FnuGk 2011-02-04 14:15
if arm can keep having very low idle power this is gonna be great for smaller (file) servers. By 2015 the gfx should also be good enough to handle 1080p so it should also be great for htpc.

to my understanding does linux not run on ARM already? If not how much would it take to make it work?
 
 
+5 #2 dicobalt 2011-02-04 14:43
ARM on desktops? Sure, that will work out as well as PowerPC/Alpha/MIPS/IA64 did on desktops.
 
 
+2 #3 lost89577 2011-02-04 14:54
Quoting FnuGk:
By 2015 the gfx should also be good enough to handle 1080p so it should also be great for htpc.

to my understanding does linux not run on ARM already? If not how much would it take to make it work?


ever heard of the Apple tv2? costs about $99 iOS which is a freebsb(maybe wrong bsb verson they bought the code from) based OS and runs an Arm cpu. it supports 720p, but hacked and running XBMC you can get 1080p. you can run XBMC on iphone 4 and ipad too.

what about the nvidia tega 2, it suports 1080p play back and is an arm cpu. we just starting to see product coming out using it.

http://linux-arm.com/Main/WebHome
http://www.XBMC.org
 
 
+6 #4 hoohoo 2011-02-04 16:33
@FnuGk

Linux runs on ARM, has done so for years. I have an SBC at home right now running Debian.
 
 
+8 #5 hoohoo 2011-02-04 16:41
Processors Linux works on, from the 2.6.34 kernel sources...

quad: > ls -F /usr/src/linux-2.6.34-12/arch
Kconfig
frv/
microblaze/
score/
alpha/
h8300/
mips/
sh/
arm/
ia64/
mn10300/
sparc/
avr32/
m32r/
parisc/
um/
blackfin/
m68k/
powerpc/
x86/
cris/
m68knommu/
s390/
xtensa/
Fri Feb 4 08:38:46 2011
quad: >

'Kconfig' is a file, The rest are directories containing processor architecture specific source code files.

So I make that 23 different acrhitectures you could run it on, if you consider a 68k with an MMU distinct from a 68k without an MMU.

There are others too: Cell BE comes to mind.
 
 
0 #6 hoohoo 2011-02-04 17:56
Quoting dicobalt:
ARM on desktops? Sure, that will work out as well as PowerPC/Alpha/MIPS/IA64 did on desktops.


redacted
 
 
-4 #7 pWRsli3De 2011-02-04 22:58
ARM... i don't like their logo :sigh:
 
 
+1 #8 hoohoo 2011-02-05 02:39
Quoting hoohoo:
Quoting dicobalt:
ARM on desktops? Sure, that will work out as well as PowerPC/Alpha/MIPS/IA64 did on desktops.


redacted


How exactly can I get a downvote for withdrawing my comment? LOL only on Fudzilla!
 
 
+3 #9 TechHog 2011-02-05 05:32
Quoting hoohoo:
Quoting hoohoo:
Quoting dicobalt:
ARM on desktops? Sure, that will work out as well as PowerPC/Alpha/MIPS/IA64 did on desktops.


redacted


How exactly can I get a downvote for withdrawing my comment? LOL only on Fudzilla!

It's probably because you chose to use such an obscure word and they didn't understand (and because you kept the quote in). I honestly had to look that one up. Is that really a commonly used word where you live/grew up?

Actually, looking at the definitions, none of them fit what you did 100%...
 
 
+3 #10 East17 2011-02-05 10:50
So they should! Good luck!
 

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