• We've upgraded our forums. Please post any issues/requests in this thread.

ARM Joins Consortium to Acquire MIPS Patents

btarunr

Editor & Senior Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Oct 9, 2007
Messages
34,316 (9.23/day)
Likes
17,423
Location
Hyderabad, India
System Name Long shelf-life potato
Processor Intel Core i7-4770K
Motherboard ASUS Z97-A
Cooling Xigmatek Aegir CPU Cooler
Memory 16GB Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3-1866
Video Card(s) 2x GeForce GTX 970 SLI
Storage ADATA SU800 512GB
Display(s) Samsung U28D590D 28-inch 4K
Case Cooler Master CM690 Window
Audio Device(s) Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D PCIe
Power Supply Corsair HX850W
Mouse Razer Abyssus 2014
Keyboard Microsoft Sidewinder X4
Software Windows 10 Pro Creators Update
Joined
Mar 15, 2008
Messages
1,065 (0.30/day)
Likes
146
#2
ARM just got, much, much stronger!!! They need to acquire VIA next if such a thing is possible and Intel will be really concerned then. That's the big prize I see in the PC world: VIA I was rooting for Nvidia to buy them but back then I kinda got the feeling that maybe it's impossible to do so...
 
Joined
Sep 21, 2011
Messages
499 (0.22/day)
Likes
119
System Name Multipurpose desktop
Processor AMD Phenom II x6 1605T @ 3.75Ghz , NB @ 2.5
Motherboard Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 (rev 1.0)
Cooling Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. C, 2x120mm CM Blademaster
Memory Corsair Vengeance LP (4x4GB) @1666Mhz 9-9-9-20-24 1T
Video Card(s) ASUS Strix R7-370 4GB OC
Storage 2x WD Caviar Black 500GB Sata III in RAID 0
Display(s) Acer S211HL 21.5" 1920x1080
Case Cooler Master Centurion 534+, 3x 120mm CM Sickle Flow
Power Supply Seasonic X650 Gold
Software Windows 7 x64 Home Premium SP1
#3
The fact that ARM licenses its technology to other companies puts it in a unique position, relative to Intel.
It could never compete with Intel by playing the game Intel's way, it's nowhere near large enough, from a financial point of view. But, by farming out its architectures to other companies, who spend the money to implement designs and fabricate the silicon, the ARM technology is just as widespread, if not more so, than Intel's x86 technology.
That by itself is a strength; its designs have widespread application and acceptance, much more so than Intel, looking at the big picture. Ultra low power operation, with low but reasonable performance per core, and very high performance per watt.
It's an interesting company. Just not interesting from the "raw home computing power" standpoint.
When you compare ARM to x86, its a comparison between simple elegance and a complex exercise of power.
Elegance always ends up winning, at least in part.