Connecting devices to the internet, or to each other carriers significant security risks. While it may not be a core feature of a consumer product, how we tackle security is going to affect how the internet of things develops.
The old Samsung Chromebook is getting long in the tooth and it appears a successor is coming soon. Actually, make that two successors according to a company taking pre-orders early.
Qualcomm is gradually bringing its new 64-bit computing architecture to flagship smartphones and tablets, but Qualcomm did pack a bonus into its new Snapdragon 615: it’s first octa-core CPU.
According to venture legend John Doerr, Google is designing its own silicon for its data centers. But he stopped short of confirming rumors that the search giant was designing ARM-based chips as was reported in December. Doerr, speaking at a chip conference, also said that Facebook would be next. He’s right. Computing is the primary cost for Google, Amazon Web Services and Facebook and designing their own silicon could lower that cost. And thanks to more modular designs and advances in the ARM architecture, the cost of designing custom chips has fallen into a range where the benefits outweigh design costs.
Chip licensing firm ARM shared its financial results Tuesday and it’s seeing some strong gains in the overall chip market. Its 2013 licensing revenue (from companies that pay ARM to use its chip designs) is up 32 percent year-over-year, while the overall growth of the chip industry was at 4.8 percent. So while the chip market is expanding, ARM is growing faster. However it’s growing from a much smaller base with total 2013 revenue of $1.12 billion compared to the industry’s sales of $305.58 billion. That’s a lot of chips.
Intel may be poised to make the next big play to revive PC sales with support for both Windows and Android on the same device. At best, this might further ease Intel’s transition from PC to post-PC.
ARM server maker Calxeda has hit the skids after raising more than $100 million. The company said it will restructure but news reports have the firm shutting down.
Intel has purchased the wireless assets of Mindspeed Technologies in an effort to get the radio technology it needs to serve the telecommunications market.
First it was rumors of Google building ARM-based servers, and now a post on the blog dedicated to Facebook’s HipHop Virtual Machine for PHP
code notes how its translation engine plays a “crucial in our efforts to get hhvm running on ARM processors.” Indeed if Facebook wants to implement ARM-based cores it will have to ensure its hhvm code runs on top of them. Facebook(s fb) has floated the idea of other architectures for years, testing Tilera chips and also deploying a board design that makes it easy to swap out processors. It’s really only a matter of time before we see a lot of ARM in places only x86 used to be.
A report says Google is building its own ARM-based custom server chips. This rumor has surfaced a few times in the last few years, but now the economics and technology are right for it to happen.