Windows ARM - Hardware and Software News
Canonical is suiting up for the coming microserver wars, confirming that Ubuntu Server 11.10 will run on ARM chips. Just under three years ago when ARM-based netbooks were taking the PC market by storm and iPad tablets were just a gleam in Steve Job's eye, Canonical, the commercial sponsor of the Ubuntu Linux distro, made ARM processors full peers with x64 processors running its Ubuntu Desktop variant.
Fitting more computing capacity into a limited power envelope is one of the key challenges facing data centre designers today. It impacts companies whether they are building a £500 million data centre or simply working how much compute that can fit into a couple of racks at a shared facility.
It's well known Linux and ARM developers have clashed over the past few months over how best to support ARM in the Linux kernel. ITworld blogger Brian Proffitt describes the problem as a "United Nations-level complexity of the forks in the ARM section of the Linux kernel." Linux creator Linus Torvalds threatened to stop accepting ARM-related changes to the mainline Linux kernel.
Nvidia's CEO boasted about the power frugality of an upcoming quad-core chip, as the company reported better-than-expected earnings today. The graphics chip supplier swung to better-than-expected earnings in the fiscal second quarter ended July 31, buttressed by revenue from laptop graphics processing units used with systems built around Intel's "Sandy Bridge" processors.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Intel Capital launched a $300 million Ultrabook Fund to bankroll startups working on technologies in line with its new concept for next-generation notebooks. The CPU giant is under pressure from a coming generation of ARM-based mobile systems in the works that will use Microsoft Windows 8.
After initial success, Intel's netbook strategy is at a crossroads as demand for tablets and low-cost laptops with larger screens rises, a company executive said this week. - Buyers don't want the cheapest PCs anymore, but desire snappy performance and better features on their computing devices, said Greg Welch, segment director for mobile client platforms at Intel. Netbooks' early success was partly due to low prices, but now performance is high on the list of buyers' priorities.
FORTUNE -- Crack open your smartphone, and chances are there's ARM - not Intel - inside. The British chip designer commands the mobile market. Last quarter alone, 1.1 billion of its power-efficient microprocessors were shipped in phones and tablets. But Cambridge-based ARM Holdings (ARMH) has bigger ambitions. In recent months, it has been talking up plans to get its chip designs into PCs and servers as well.
TechEye had the opportunity to head to Hill & Knowlton's offices in Soho Square to meet with Bill Leszinske, General Manager, and Intel's man leading up Atom. Knowing there are a heap of boozers nearby, of course we went along. The word from Intel is there are absolutely plans for Atom. Chipzilla will not put a bullet in its head.
As Microsoft expands the CPU platform support from x86/x64 families into ARM territory with the addition of ARM CPU chips, there are many questions that will be raised for enterprise systems planners and designers. Some of the arguments will go back two decades in terms of the theoretical design differences between CPUs, but in more practical views, the actual impact of two CPU device families supported by Windows needs to be thought through. In the short term, nothing needs to be done; in the long term, deeper questions arise.
Most laptops today use x86 processors from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. But chips with ARM processors are smaller and more power-efficient than X86 microprocessors, which should help laptop makers build tablet-like laptops with touchscreens, analysts said. At the same time, however, ARM will face challenges trying to crack into a market where users prize performance.
Intel claims that missing the boat that sailed loaded with all-conquering mobile phones and tablets on board won't leave it scratching about with nothing to flog, as the connected world gives up on the desktop and goes handheld instead.
CHIPMAKER Intel expects software developers to have their work cut out for them when Windows 8 hits the ARM architecture. - Microsoft's decision to produce a version of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system for the ARM architecture has led some to predict the demise of Intel in the smartphone and tablet space.
The obvious way forward, then, is to use one operating system across the board. And that has to be Windows NT; it's the more capable of Microsoft's two operating systems, and it has that all-important compatibility with existing desktop applications. The Xbox already uses a Windows NT derivative; bringing it in line with Windows 8 is a natural evolution of the platform.
On the back of good but not great earnings Wednesday, Intel CEO Paul Otellini was queried about how Windows 8--the first mainstream operating system from Microsoft to support ARM chips--will change the competitive landscape.