Report: ARM chips expected to reach 3 GHz next year

By Scorpus
Jul 23, 2013
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  1. ARM chips, used in the majority of tablets and smartphones, are set to receive a clock speed boost as chip makers TSMC and GlobalFoundries have revealed that 3 GHz processors are on the agenda. Both manufacturers are working on delivering...

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  2. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,521   +223

    "To bring ARM chips up to the 3 GHz mark, TSMC and GlobalFoundries are said to be utilizing a smaller production process, shrinking down to 20nm from 28nm in most current-generation chips. The smaller process not only allows chips to run faster, but usually makes designs more efficient, so each core in a SoC can be less power hungry and more friendly towards increasingly strained battery technology."

    Still waiting on improved batteries for SmartPhones. I'll be impressed if 3Ghz chips don't drain the phones power quicker.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 5,913   +1,705

    3 GHz eh? Maybe aftermarket cooling companies should be designing AIO liquid coolers for them. Remember how the last race ended in the push for GHz with Intel's P4? Hot & power hungry.
    Arris likes this.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 2,919   +1,176

    They got there hot, and then took many years to cool down :) But it still stipulated the progress big time ;)
  5. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 360   +69

    Innovation, I absolutely love it. Even if a 3GHz ARM chip consumes more power than the older chips, I'm sure most of you, if not all, wish this sort of innovation was present in the CPU and GPU market.
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,633   +1,031

    Aren't we all... but I think we need to accept that battery tech has hit a plateau. I don't think the newer chips will drain the batteries faster. Thats' the point of 20nm over 28nm. If there's not an overall improvement they won't put the chips in phones. My question is... do we need a faster processor? I think 20nm running at 2.3Ghz would mean even better battery life, which could allow for a brighter screen perhaps.
  7. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,490   +323

    Lol Are you really comparing mobile SoC's to x86 desktop CPUs? Aye yi yi.
  8. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,473   +963

    Very interesting. Battery life will be a concern with this though. I think liquid cooled phones will become the norm soon.
  9. penn919

    penn919 TS Booster Posts: 174   +17

    Well, there's nothing particularly "innovative" about shrinking the design and increasing clock speeds.
  10. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,521   +223

    A ~1GHz jump going from 28nm to 20nm, I don't see that all coming from the die shrink. I really doubt the power consumption will be even better than current gen unless they make a whole heap of other power improvements at the same time, then sure, I'd be happy with that.
  11. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    To get you this battery life you loose some speed too. Dual Cores and Quad Cores versions really not running at the full speed if you want to save on the battery.
  12. Well you can always install custom rom and downclock to 1ghz, or/and turn off all but 1 core
    anyway its a great news for cold countries

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