The British chip design firm ARM, unveiled 02/03/2015 the Cortex-A72 processor and Mali-T880 graphics chip. These two chips will lead to slimmed-down devices that can run faster and longer, and will be coming to smartphones in 2016. ARM’s goal is to close the gap between the smartphone and PC.
ARM, who develops chip designs for companies like Qualcomm and MediaTek, would benefit greatly if it’s able to bring mobile to office workers desktops. But many daily functions, particularly those involving writing stories, editing videos or producing music, designing chips and smartphones, remain the realm of the PC.
Bob O’Donnell, principle analyst at Technalysis Research said, “I really don’t think most people are going to use their mobile phone only.” Referring to office workers. “It’s just too hard,” but added that the ability to wirelessly connect to large displays could benefit mobile devices.
At a San Francisco event, ARM hosted a panel with partners – that included Microsoft, Sprint, and Facebook-owned virtual reality firm Oculus – who talked about the need for more powerful mobile computing. Oculus developed VR technology for PCs, but last year introduced the Gear VR headset along with Samsung, the headset uses Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4. But even the high-definition Note 4 screen can’t remove all the pixels from the viewing experience.
ARM said, “The Cortex-A72 processor design offers 50 time more performance than similar technology from five years ago, along with 75% lower energy consumption versus last year’s devices.
Read Article (Rubin & Tibken | cnet.com | 02/03/2015)
If the ARM chips can deliver, aside from claims about the PC, this will spark a huge boost of innovation in smartphones. Which will benefit the Tech-Savvy side of the Digital Divide, which is where everyone should be.
(Also note: The PC is evolving at a pace as that of smartphones, if not faster.)
Everyone that is not tech-savvy or comfortable online, is on the wrong side of the Digital Divide and exposes themselves to consequences which sometimes are serious.
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