AMD looking to produce ARM-based chips - is mobile in its future?

AMD looking to produce ARM-based chips - is mobile in its future?
Chip manufacturer AMD announced plans to start production of ARM-based chips based chips, in addition the desktop X86 chips they have produced for many years. The first batch of chips will be aimed at producing lower-cost low-power server clusters, and should ship in 2014. For readers of PA this naturally raises two questions:

1) Will AMD enter the mobile chip arena?
2) Will this have any other impact on mobile users?

The first question is hard to answer right now – the mobile chip industry is quite crowded, with Samsung making many of their own chips, and Apple contracting for chips of their own specification, the off-the-shelf SoC manufacturers are often competing for a much smaller portion of the mobile market. Texas Instruments has already signaled that they will be de-emphasizing mobile devices in future ARM chip designs, NVIDIA is finding some success with its Tegra line of chips, and Intel is spending a lot of R&D trying to muscle its way into mobile devices.

Still, AMD has a long track record of competing with both NVIDIA and Intel, and it will be interesting to see if they decide to tackle the mobile market once they get full scale ARM chip production underway. They have lots of experience with GPUs, so AMD could probably design its own full-fledged SoC without too much trouble. Even if they stick to producing ARM chips for servers though, it should have a positive impact on mobile users. Cloud-based services depend on ever-expanding cloud computing power, and chips that reduce the cost of such servers, not to mention the power cost to run them, will allow companies to scale computing faster and lower the cost of entry to create mobile services that depend on them.

So one way or another AMD’s announcement will benefit phone and tablet users, the only question is whether that benefit will arrive directly (via our phones and tablets) or accrue indirectly (from more and cheaper services). Either way we’re happy to see AMD jump into the ARM chip fray.

source: WSJ via Android Central



1. MeoCao unregistered

I think ARM has a big oppotunity in Linux server market and AMD is great partner. AMD has every chance to succeed in mobile as AMD has even more capacity than NVIDIA.

2. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

would love to see this!!! cant wait!! the more the merrier!!

3. NickPeters

Posts: 74; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Oh yeah! Now both Intel and AMD are entering the mobile world and that means SOMETHING! Nice.

4. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

!! ARM + AMD = WIN

5. nwright94 unregistered

I love AMD chips, my past few computers have all been AMD, would love to see a mobile running AMD.

6. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

AMD is not new to the mobile game. and they are the reason why qualcomm tops the charts for its gpu processing power. Yes AMD develops the adreno technology for qualcomm.

7. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

well, thats interresting, do you have any sources for these info?

8. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I'm sorry i got the facts wrong, their partnership was severed when qualcomm bought the whole of adreno division from AMD. previously it was known as imageon

9. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Yes, and Adreno is an acronym of Radeon

11. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

ah, ok, I got you

10. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

AMD is kind of late to the game but still has the chance of catching up considering Intel hasn't made an impact with Medfield yet.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

These are mainly based on server chips, that both Amd & Arm's venture. Looks like Amd is strugling, once a power player was in the industry, hope these 2 company would immediately provide a new competetive advantage over iNtel. Wish them luck.

13. lonestrider

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

I think it's a bit too late? While Exynos, NovaThor, and the giant Snapdragon is already there, Huawei create their own processor too, intel already starts, now AMD want to get in? AMD is a very nice low-priced processor. But it's already too crowd here. While TI understands the situation and walk out, AMD come in?

14. Toad222

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

I agree with this, TI out AMD in!

15. Googlethis

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

What would be cool with all these choices would be if you could start building your own smart phone like you could build your own PC. This way you can swap out parts to upgrade to new ones and basically give a new meaning to personalizing your smart phone.

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