Forget 64-bit; ARM already looking to 128-bit mobile chips
With the release of the iPhone 5S and its 64-bit A7 processor, Apple really forced the industry’s hand, and everyone’s now racing to deliver 64-bit devices of their own. On the Android side, Samsung’s been very vocal about its 64-bit aspirations, and we’re expecting a 64-bit Exynos chip to arrive in a Samsung phone sometime next year. Today we get a quick update on that project, and hear from ARM about where things are going from here.
According to an unnamed ARM exec, ARM met with Samsung today to discuss the pending launch of the company’s 64-bit Exynos chip. While we’re glad to hear that things still appear on-track there, the more tantalizing detail may be the mention that ARM expects 128-bit chips to be available about two years from now.
To be clear, ARM isn’t saying that it has a specific goal at the moment to make 128-bit chips based on its architecture a reality within that two-year timeframe, but that’s the likely course it sees things taking.
Do we even need 128-bit mobile processors? ARM seems to think so, pointing to growing memory requirements for smartphones, but we wager we’ll be pretty happy with 64-bit chips for a nice, long while.