The most important thing to understand about the role Arm processor architecture plays in any computing or communications market — smartphones, personal computers, servers, or otherwise — is this: Arm Holdings, Ltd. owns the design of its chips, and the architecture of their instruction sets, such as 64-bit Arm64. For its customers who build systems around these chips, Arm has done the hard part for them. Arm Holdings, Ltd. does not manufacture its own chips. It has no fabrication facilities of its own. Instead, it licenses these rights to other companies, which Arm Holdings calls “partners.” They utilize Arm’s architectural model as a kind of template, building systems that use Arm cores as their central processors. These Arm partners are allowed to design the rest of their own systems, perhaps manufacture those systems — or outsource their production to others — and then sell them as their own. Many Samsung and Apple smartphones and tablets, and essentially all devices produced by Qualcomm, utilize some Arm intellectual property. A new wave of servers produced with Arm-based systems-on-a-chip (SoC) has already made headway in competing against x86, especially with low-power or special-use models. Each device incorporating an Arm processor tends to be… Read full this story
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