ARM and Qualcomm have been pretty successful with ARMv7 SoCs in the mobile space in recent years, and while 32-bit ARM (Aarch32) processors certainly have a few more years, both companies are now moving to 64-bit ARM (Aarch64 / ARMv8), and they released a document showing what has been achieved with ARMv7, the differences between ARMv7 and ARMv8, and new capabilities that will be attainable with 64-bit processing.
The document covers the following:
- ARM Business Model
- The Mobile Computing Revolution (Tablets replacing Laptops)
- Android on ARMv7-A and ARMv8-A
- ARMv8-A Architecture
- Backward Compatibility to ARMv7-A
- ARM Cortex A-53 and Cortex-A57
- ARM big.LITTLE Technology
- The Transition to the ARMv8-A Architecture (Fast Models, Tools, Linaro…)
- Qualcomm Technologies: Transitioning to 64-Bit with Integrated Mobile Design
- Custom and ARM Designed Processors: The Right Technology to Any Market
- Multiple Foundries, Flexible Production
- Flexible design practices in action (Performance, price point, development time. Snapdragon 410 vs 610 vs 810)
Both companies clearly promote their respective products via this document, but there are lots of interesting details such as Intel vs ARM optimized apps in Google Play, perfomance of A57 vs A15, A53 vs A7, side-by-side comparison between 32-bit and 64-bit ARM architectures, and so on. If you want to get the details, you can download the 20-page presentation entitled “ARM and Qualcomm- Enabling the Next Mobile Computing Revolution with Highly Integrated ARMv8-A based SoCs“.
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