64-bit ARMv8-compatible desktop, laptop and server processors from Phytium, Blade Stealth gaming Ultrabook from Razer, IDC report anticipates little to no smartphone growth for 2016 (News roundup 2 September)

  • Several reporters including Timothy Prickett Morgan from The Next Platform highlight the 64-bit ARMv8-compatible desktop, laptop and server processors from Phytium, sharing, “Phytium was on hand at last week’s Hot Chips 28 conference, showing off its chippery and laptop, desktop and server machines employing its ‘Earth’ and ‘Mars’ FT series of ARM chips. Most of the interest that people showed in the server variants, which are both based on variants of the ‘Xiaomi’ core design that the company has cooked up based on ARMv8 intellectual property licensed from ARM Holdings.”
  • Several reporters including Kevin Lee from Tech Radar highlight the release of the Blade Stealth gaming Ultrabook from Razer which incorporates Intel’s new 7th generation Core i7 processor, noting, “Now equipped with a new 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor, the new Razer Blade Stealth should be an even more capable machine for everyday life and gaming. Power aside, the gaming Ultrabook has also been upgraded with double the memory, bumping it up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1TB PCIe SSD.”
  • Matt Hamblen from Computerworld highlights an IDC report which anticipates little to no smartphone growth for 2016, sharing, “The analyst firm also said that iPhone shipments for the entire year will decline by 12% globally compared to 2015, while Windows Phone shipments will decline by 75%. Sales of Android smartphones produced by a number of manufacturers will increase by 6.7%, and grab 85% of the global market for all of 2016.”

Lastly, here are some highlights from the week of August 29:

  • In a contributed post for Electronic Products, ARM’s Marc Canel highlights the launch of the Open Trust Protocol (OTrP) which will improve security in IoT and connected devices.
  • Several reporters including Alan R. Frank from IHS Electronics360 highlight the release of Silicon Labs’ ARM-based Thunderboard React developer kit for improved IoT connectivity.
  • Several reporters including Laura Chesters from This Is Money report on news that ARM shareholders have backed the Softbank acquisition.
  • Josh Phillips from Building Design & Construction Magazine reports on the expansion of  ARM’s office space at the Peterhouse Technology Park campus.
  • Julien Happich from EETimes Europe highlights the Embedded Studio from Segger for ARM-based processor solutions.
  • Jeff Burt from eWeek reports on the release of Qualcomm’s ARM-based Snapdragon 821 processor and its existing 820 processor.