ARM lists 15 forecasts for 2015: 64-bit phones with LTE to hit the $70 mark

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ARM lists 15 forecasts for 2015: 64-bit phones with LTE to hit the $70 mark
Mobile chip architecture giant ARM took to Twitter today to reveal its 15 predictions about what will happen with the industry in 2015. The most notable takes are that “50% smartphones shipped in 2015 will be 64-bit capable” (duh), and that “64-bit LTE smartphones will ship for under $70″ for the first time. ARM is probably eyeing Chinese manufacturers working for the internal market, but still, that price point is impressive for this kind of technology.

It's those Chinese electronics makers that ARM is betting on to really spearhead the IoT trend, like they are revolutionizing the smartphone business at the moment. Once China enters the internet-of-things and wearables battle, they say, the market is simply going to explode. Now, regarding these wearables, ARM is kind of on the fence whether their first iteration actually bring value to our everyday lives, or are still gadgets for the gadgets' sake. They will have to pass the "don't leave home without me" test, claims ARM, as our phones have already done, and we wholeheartedly agree. Do you? Check out the rest of ARM's predictions for the major 2015 tech trends below:

  • Biometrics will drive alternative user ID strategies
  • Mobile operators will deploy smartphone services as de facto healthcare for rural areas
  • IoT biggest revenues will be in cities and enterprises
  • Increasing cyberattack concerns will drive hardware security from sensor to server
  • More OEMs and internet companies will acquire semiconductor vendors to drive their USP into value chain
  • Massive mobile payment surge with “Chip and Pin” and smartphones will make retail more efficient
  • Benchmark data will shift end-user choice to purpose-optimized servers versus monolithic approaches
  • Effort will turn to efficiency + form factor as wirelessly chargeable consumer devices enter market
  • Latest IoT buzz will shift from wearables to robotics
  • Diverse IoT standards groups will start to consolidate as industry begins maturing
  • System Perf demands will move NFV from software on server to tightly coupled hardware accelerators

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