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Pocket Wars and Cores 159

An anonymous reader writes "If I were to ask you what is the most popular processor used in phones and pads, and you said, 'ARM,' you would be correct. Now comes the trick question, 'Who make ARM processors?' Not the ARM Holdings company. They design processors and license their designs to manufacturers. They also have a reputation for creating very low power designs. Interestingly, while almost everyone else was out ramping clocks and power consumption (until they hit a wall), ARM was chugging along addressing the low power end of the market. Now that low-power is all the rage, due to phones and pads, ARM has become quite a bit more popular."
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Pocket Wars and Cores

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  • Re:Revenge of ARM (Score:5, Informative)

    by White Flame ( 1074973 ) on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @05:38AM (#35427700)

    ARM-based CPUs owned the cell phone market long before Apple. Even back when Palm owned the PDA market, everything was shifting to ARM away from the mixed market that included MIPS and Super-H.

    Now, while your claim that Apple's embrace of the "experience" instead of just raw features might have some merit in changing the consumer landscape, I don't think they had any affect on ARM's presence in that market. They already had it.

  • Re:Too bad! (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @06:45AM (#35427926)
    I think you might want to check this out: [] Comes in at $129. Not exactly 50$, but I guess that's due relatively small production volumes.
  • BBC Micro ran a 6502, the Archimedes was the original ARM-based line.

  • by Iskender ( 1040286 ) on Wednesday March 09, 2011 @09:01AM (#35428468)

    I think it's rather the constant shouting of "slashvertisement" that's getting old.

    Take a second look at this story:
    -It links to some Linux site or other which is certainly not ARM.
    -The article actually explains something quite insightful about the way ARM is advancing. Sure, some might have known this, but those who want to complain about that should realize that the discussion would be pretty shitty here if everyone was completely ignorant in advance. Do you ask the world what's wrong every time you hear something you already know?
    -There's the interesting point that you can't get a Windows desktop on ARM, and in the future when you can most probably won't want it either.
    -It's a story about a successful Intel competitor being even more successful (because face it, Intel wants to make every processor on Earth).

    Hell, there's no end to interesting things in connection with this. It's a story about something that's changing which could change a lot of things, possibly for the better. I'd ask what's wrong with you rather than what's wrong with Slashdot.

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