世界真奇妙,英特尔预计明年生产首款四核64位ARM处理器

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据外媒CNET报导,英特尔证实将生产第一款四核64位ARM处理器,并计划在2014年开始生产。
这被认为是一件具有挖苦意味的事,由于ARM和英特尔一向都是竞赛对手。Altera和苹果也相继宣告了选用ARM规划的芯片。

四核64位ARM芯片是半导体器材的一部分,称为现场可编程门阵列(FPGA),是一个能够在制作后由客户进行装备的芯片。该芯片是对于高端的网络和通讯设备,还有很多专门的应用程序,所以它不会与三星、NVIDIA和高通构成直接竞争,由于这些公司是向智能手机和平板电脑制作商供给处理器。

Altera公司周二(29日)宣告其Stratix 10体系单芯片(SOC),将集成一个高性能四核64位ARM Cortex-A53处理器。
Altera新芯片将由英特尔选用最领先的14纳米技术来制作。当前市场上现有的英特尔芯片,如Haswell处理器,是选用22纳米技术。一般来说,几许尺度越小,制程技术越高档。

苹果近来也发布了其第一款智能手机64位芯片-A7,它选用ARM规划,但其CPU是双核(显卡组件是四核)。

英特尔发言人Chuck Mulloy表明,“Altera和英特尔对之前的合作关系很满意,Altera公司发来的布告与我们年初宣告的协议相一致,我们说过,咱们将敞开竞赛架构制造,并会视具体情况进行评估。”

尽管英特尔和ARM在智能手机和平板电脑市场上是竞赛对手,但它的确意味着,英特尔在根据ARM规划的多处理器上电源负载制作方面处于领先地位。在合同制作事务,又叫“代工”,存在潜在的抵触,该事务成立于2010年,英特尔正在活跃招募人才。

外文:

  In what can only be described as highly ironic, Intel is set to make what will easily be one of the first quad-core 64-bit ARM processors.

  On Tuesday, Altera announced that its Stratix 10 system-on-a-chip (SoC) will incorporate a “high-performance, quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor.”

  That chip will be manufactured for Altera by Intel on its most advanced 14-nanometer manufacturing process. Current Intel chips on the market, such as its Haswell processor, are made on a 22-nanometer process. Generally, the smaller the geometries, the more advanced the process.

  Apple recently announced the first 64-bit chip — also based on an ARM design — for smartphones, the A7. But the CPU is dual-core (the graphics component is quad-core).

  Intel confirmed with CNET that the chip would constitute the first 64-bit quad-core ARM CPU.

  ”Altera and Intel are pleased with the early results of the relationship between the companies and this announcement from Altera is consistent with the agreement we announced earlier this year. We have said that we will be open to manufacturing competitive architectures and would evaluate them on a case by case basis,” said Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy.

  The quad-core 64-bit ARM chip is part of semiconductor device called a field-programmable gate array or FPGA, which is a chip that can be configured by a customer after manufacturing.

  In this case, the chip is targeted at high-end networking and communication equipment, among other specialized applications, so it won’t be competing directly with the likes of Samsung, Nvidia, or Qualcomm. Those companies supply processors to smartphone and tablet makers.

  But it does mean that Intel is leading the charge on manufacturing multiprocessors based on designs from ARM — a rival of Intel’s in the smartphone and tablet markets.

  And it does point to the potential conflicts that lurk in its contract manufacturing business, aka “foundry” business, founded in 2010 — for which Intel is aggressively recruiting talent.

  Intel is slated to begin production in 2014.

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