As I noted on prior comments, I am not at Mobile World Congress or Embedded World this year. This has advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, I missed the direct engagements with silicon partners, OEMs, technical press and software ecosystem companies. On the positive side, I saved on flight times and jet lag. I noticed with CES earlier this year that there are so many twitter feeds and other streams coming from the show it is much easier than in prior years to be away from a tradeshow and at least capture the essence of the announcements……like following the text and photo highlights of a football (however you define that sport) in real time without being in the stadium.

 

So with that said, this is what I noted today of (alphabetized) ARM related announcements on day 1 of the show. Please bear in mind that we fiercely respect customers that may be using ARM technology but who wish that adoption to not be made public.

 

  • Chip related announcements
    • Allwinner announced a new octacore chip, the A80. Featuring a quadcore Cortex-A15 and quadcore Cortex-A7 big.LITTLE processor implementation, this
      device is focused on tablets and digitalTV applications
    • Marvell Semiconductor revealed a Cortex-A53 based design featuring a 5 mode modem.
    • MediaTek announced their first 64-bit chip, MT6732, targeting the phone market. This device includes eight (I guess everyone says "octa" these days!) Cortex-A53 processors
    • Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 610 and 615 devices. These are based on the ARMv8 instruction set architecture. There is a nice write-up from Anandtech here
  • At the device level, I noted the following
    • Huawei announced their MediaPadX1: This is a device which many of the reviews indicated was a very good tablet….which was also capable of making phone calls. This device is powered by ARM based silicon from Mediatek
    • Lenovo announced the S660, S850 and S860 phones with several impressed analysts writing about the battery life. These devices utilize silicon from Mediatek
    • Samsung announced the Galaxy S5; The specifications they released indicate this phone is based on a quadcore device from Qualcomm
    • Sony announced the Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet and M2. Nice write-up from Anandtech. All of these products are reported here as being based on Qualcomm devices
    • ZTE’s Grand Memo II LTE, announced Monday, is very thin. More information can be found here
  • And finally, from the software perspective

 

Phew! I hope you found this quick summary useful. Let me know what I missed. I am sure there is something! There is only so much I can do from 6000 miles away!