Ampere on life support?
The recent success of AMD’s 7nm 64 core Rome powerhouse is very bad news for ARM's server efforts. Over time, Calxeda and many others failed, and Cavium by Marvell and Ampere don’t seem to be better either. AMD is just jeopardizing last chances for all existing ARM players to make any meaningful footprint on the data center and server market.
Economy of scale
After months of investigation and multiple conversations with several fellow engineers, and super C level executives in multiple organizations, we learned that it costs over one billion dollars to tape out a 7nm chip.
But it is allowed by TSMC
Remember our original Rome story where we wrote that AMD is exceeding TSMC's recommended voltage? It turns out that the story is true, but at the same time, AMD has a special deal with TSMC where the company optimized and allowed a higher voltage for AMD’s Rome.
7nm up and running
Last year Victor Peng CEO of Xilinx announced a 7nm ACAP platform and today we had a chance to see the chip as well as the development board on the stage.
AMD powered 15-inch Surface and Intel-powered 13- and 15-inch
Rumor has it that Microsoft will show an updated Surface Pro based on the Snapdragon 8CX Compute Platform, steering away from the usual Intel-only update. There will also be a 15 inch AMD version so Microsoft is definitely opening up to diverse manufacturers.
2.2B covered by the end of 2020
Part of the recent chat we had with Cristiano Amon president of Qualcomm and Executive Vice President of BMW, Dr. Christoph Grote, included Cristiano’s confirmation that by the end of 2020 2.2 billion people will have 5G coverage.
Automotive connected Vision powered by Qualcomm
It is not every day that you get to meet the Executive Vice President of BMW, Dr. Christoph Grote and the President of Qualcomm QTI, Cristiano Amon. People following our work do know that we meet Cristiano, but Dr. Grote shared a very insightful vision of connected and self-driving vision at BMW.
Powered by PureDisplay technology
Pixelworks is the company behind remarkable mobile display processing technology that led to a ISV agreement with Qualcomm, and is now part of the latest HDM global Nokia and TCL phones.
Updated: Caixin took what CEO said out of context
Qualcomm’s CEO Steve Mollenkopf confirmed to China-based Caixin that the company had resumed sales and shipments to Huawei. The trade embargo and the fact that the US government stopped companies from trading with Huawei hurt financial outcomes for many tech giants in the US including Qualcomm, Intel, Microsoft, and Micron, to name just a few.
Oxygen updated to the rescue
OnePlus 7Pro is one impressive phone with great hardware and display, and the fact that it started supporting Android 10 quite early is an additional plus for many. The phone manufacturer started rolling out Oxygen 10 based on Android 10, and in case it didn’t show up on your device, there is a fast track for it.