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.
In the future, when I record my own videos of keynotes, I should try to get a direct audio feed from the system, I need to buy some good wireless microphone setup and plug that into my camera. I've heard of Sennheiser and Sony making decent wireless microphone systems, let me know if you have any good suggestion for which wireless microphone system I should buy, perhaps one with lapel microphone so that I can also use it more often when I video-blog, to have some better audio quality at conferences than just using my Sennheiser MKE400 shotgun microphone.
I'm in the San Francisco area until November 8th, so let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions for tech companies that I should try to video-blog at in the Silicon Valley. Of course it'd be awesome to video-blog with Google engineers in Mountain View about Chrome OS on ARM and Android, but I don't know how to contact someone there who can say it's ok for them to invite me. I'll video-blog at the GigaOm Roadmap conference on November 5th. I still have a few ARM Techcon videos to post, so check back. Some new devices, RK3066 HDMI Stick with BT and audio-out mini-jack and i.MX6 Quad-core HDMI Stick are going to be added to the Members Store also imminently, so also check back if you're interested in that.
Versatile Express is ARM's development board using real prototype silicon for developers to be able to work on future upcoming ARM designs months in advance of their release. Here is the Versatile Express TC2 being used to demonstrate software solutions that use the big.LITTLE configuration with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 and a triple-core ARM Cortex-A7.
ARM provides simulation models a year or more before the first silicon can be made for upcoming ARM Processors, here demonstrating how developers can work today to prepare software for upcoming ARM Processors such as the ARM Cortex-A57 64bit ARMv8 processors that are to be manufactured next year.