VDKs Give Software Designers A Head Start

Every engineer knows the importance of having the right tools for the job. ARM big.LITTLE processing gives designers those tools. By taking advantage of a high-performance processor for compute-intensive tasks and a highly energy-efficient processor for less demanding jobs, design teams can extend battery life by up to 70% for applications with highly variable workloads, such as smart phones. However, …

x86 Faces Unexpected RISC Competition

By Andrew Binstock, November 15, 2011 After routing its RISC competitors, the x86 architecture is suddenly facing an unexpected and potent challenger: ARM In the 1990s, it was a good fun to watch the great confrontation between RISC processors (found then mostly on servers and workstations) and CISC processors (primarily x86 chips found in client-side desktops and laptops). RISC servers …