This Thursday August 1st you'll be able to tune in at http://google.com/+arm/ for a 1-hour live Google+ Hangout On Air featuring ARM CEO Simon Segars, Freescale Senior VP of the MCU division, Geoff Lees, discussing with Professor Moore how over the “past few years a loosely organized community of more than a thousand companies has overturned the tech industry.” The topic is the e-book 'Shared Purpose: A Thousand Business Ecosystems, a Worldwide Connected Community, and the Future', Professor James F. Moore details lessons learned from his comprehensive study of ARM’s collaborative, connected community, and provides blueprints for how other companies and industries could benefit from a similar ‘Collaborative Business Ecosystem’ approach.
You're able to ask questions to that panel on Twitter by using the hashtag #ARMSharedPurpose
ARM Cortex-A12 is designed to be a follow-on for the ARM Cortex-A9, providing 40% more performance over ARM Cortex-A9 at the sub-$300 price point. Compatible with ARM Cortex-A15, large physical addressing over 4GB of memory, virtualization, big.LITTLE with ARM Cortex-A7. This is ARM providing an in-between solution above ARM Cortex-A9 but still below ARM Cortex-A15, to reach the market by the second half of 2014. Here at Computex 2013, James Bruce, ARM's Mobile Strategist, provides an overview of the new ARM Cortex-A12, explaining how the mid-range ARM Powered device market is designed, expecting above 400 million mid-range ARM Powered smartphones to be shipped each year in 2014, thus providing performance above ARM Cortex-A7 and above ARM Cortex-A9 but still below the cost of implementing an ARM Cortex-A15 or ARM Cortex-A57 solution at that point.
ARM launches the Mali-T622 GPU for ARM Cortex-A12 devices to be released to the market starting in 2014, enabling advanced GPU features for the next mid-range smartphones, including GPU Compute, Renderscript, Open CL, Open GL3 and more. ARM Mali-T622 is 1-2 cores, while Mali-T624 is 1-4 cores and Mali-T628 is 1-8 cores, positioning it for mid-range devices of next year.
ARM is launching the ARM Mali-V500 video encode/decode IP solution for the new ARM Cortex-A12 with Mali-T622 targetted at the mid-range smartphones reaching the market by the end of 2014. The performance is upwards 120fps 4K video encode and decode. HEVC/VP9 may be available already when combining the GPU compute capabilities of the Mali-T622 or other latest Mali graphics cores that support GPU compute.
Here at Computex 2013, ARM has announced the new ARM Cortex-A12, 40% faster than ARM Cortex-A9, to be used in big.LITTLE mode with ARM Cortex-A7, it's thus a new skew in between, optimized for both Global Foundries (28nm SLP) and TSMC (28nm HPM). I'll try to interview someone from ARM about ARM Cortex-A12 here at Computex (if I can find them). Check back for 100 videos from Computex here in Taiwan, check back for my new dozen videos from some of the latest most interesting Shenzhen factories, a lot of the latest best Shenzhen hardware makers coming up.
John Buchanan, Chairman of ARM Holdings plc, said, "Warren has transformed ARM during his time as CEO. In 2001 ARM had one processor product line found mainly in mobile phones. Now ARM provides the broadest portfolio of technologies in the industry, used by more than 300 semiconductor customers in nearly 9 billion chips last year. During Warren’s tenure the company has received royalties for over 40 billion ARM-based chips. As CEO he has created a strong platform for growth and consistently created value for shareholders even in a challenging external environment. On behalf of the Board, and the wider ARM team, deep thanks are due to Warren for his passion, service and leadership."
"The Board is delighted to have someone of Simon Segars’ experience and calibre within ARM to appoint to the role of CEO. Following an extensive review of candidates worldwide, Simon’s proven technology expertise and management skills across a range of senior executive roles make him an excellent CEO candidate and highly qualified to take the company forward. The Board looks forward to continuing to work with Simon to build on the strong momentum that has been created over the past years."
Here's a look back at some of my video interviews posted during the past 2 and a half years with both Warren East and Simon Segars:
From 3 weeks ago, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I posted my first video interview with Warren East:
At ARM Techcon 2011 in October 2011 I interviewed Simon Segars:
ARM works to support open standards to optimize the web browser on ARM Powered HDMI Sticks, working with DLNA, WebKit, other open standards to have all set-top-box features work on ARM Powered set-top-boxes and HDMI Sticks. Here, ARM talks about working with FXI Technology on the Cotton Candy, running Linaro-optimized Ubuntu and the Webkit optimized web browser through Qt.
ARM demonstrates GPU Computing on the new ARM Mali-T604 GPU, rendering graphical features, filters, encoding, processing certain things much faster and using much less power by processing those things on the GPU instead of on the CPU.
ARM runs the Epic Citadel benchmark at 55fps at 2560x1600 (4 megapixels = 2x 1080p) on the Mali-T604 while on Intel's latest mobile platform, that same benchmark runs 10fps slower at a resolution of only 1280x720 (less than 4x lower resolution?). ARM also shows the improvements when using the Mali-T604 with Open GL ES 3.0 which hopefully is soon going to be added in Android, providing higher quality 3D graphics features.
Warren East CEO of ARM talks about the status of the ARM industry at Mobile World Congress. He talks about ARM in handheld devices, infrastructure and servers. The ARM industry has shipped 8.7 Billion ARM Processors in 2012. ARM's success is built on the business model of having the Connected Community of partners each working and competing to bring the industry forward as fast as possible.