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ARM's new IP launch: Smartphone 2.0?

Majeed Ahmad

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ARM is the unsung hero of the smartphone revolution. And now, just when people began asking what next after the smartphone, the British processor designer has shown the glimpse of what can be called Smartphone 2.0. Exactly how?

For a start, smartphone needs to be far more powerful than it is today, simply to hold and share the IoT and wearable burden. Smartphones are widely seen as gateway devices to IoT and wearable electronics. The successful combination of smartphone and IoT/wearable could form the nervous system of digital life, enabling a thin mesh of always-on smart devices to coordinate and facilitate almost every aspect of human life.

Then, there is this increasing content made up of photos and videos on smartphones. ARM’s new GPU design—called Mali-T880—could help smartphones handle the rising tsunami of multimedia content. ARM managers claim that Mali-T880 graphics cores offer improvements in resolutions of up to 4K pixels at 120 frames/second.

Smartphones using ARM's Cortex A72 CPU core and Mali-T880 GPU core could deliver video with the quality of a set-top box, console-class gaming and virtual reality experiences while staying in a smartphone power budget. ARM says its Cortex-A72 processor will deliver 3.5 times the performance of its Cortex-A15 devices while consuming 75% less power.

ARM expects the new processor technolgy reach smartphone with new chips in 2016. So will 2016 be the year of Smartphone 2.0?
 
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Arthur Hanson

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It looks like ARM is about to lower the cost of smart phones by making them a commodity just like all new devices eventually become. It will be the ecosystem that becomes the differentiator. This will help Apple and Google if they so choose. It will be interesting to see the ecosystem Xiaomi is developing. I've heard it's more intuitive and easier to use than Apple's. Let the game begin.
 
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Majeed Ahmad

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It looks like ARM is about to lower the cost of smart phones by making them a commodity just like all new devices eventually become. It will be the ecosystem that becomes the differentiator. This will help Apple and Google if they so choose. It will be interesting to see the ecosystem Xiaomi is developing. I've heard it's more intuitive and easier to use the Apple's. Let the game begin.
Yes, I think what ARM is doing here is democratization of mobile SoCs. The first three licensees -- MediaTek, HiSilicon and Rockchip -- just tell the story. They are all Chinese companies. ARM is apparently looking at the next billion smartphones, most of which are likey to come from China.
 
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