Samsung is going 64-bit too. But when?
Apple drew plenty of oohs and aahs this week when it revealedfor smartphones on Tuesday.
Samsung immediately going to do the 64-bit thing too., saying it is
"Not in the shortest time. But yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality," Samsung's mobile business chief Shin Jong-kyun told the Korea Times on Wednesday.
The operative phrase is "not in the shortest time." That echoes aI had earlier this month with ARM executives when they spoke about the Cortex A53 and A57 -- ARM's 64-bit design.
"The Cortex A53 and A57 are being shipped to lead [chip] partners. They are pushing the product into a combination of top-end mobile and others into server-type designs," said James Bruce, ARM's lead mobile strategist.
But don't get too excited. 64-bit ARM chips (from Samsung, Nvidia, Qualcomm et al) are likely a 2014 event, according to ARM. In other words, Samsung will be hard pressed to get 64-bit chips into shipping Galaxy tablets or phones before next year.
That's when mobile devices will make a run at laptop, according to ARM. "It will allow tablet-like devices to go from information consuming devices to information creation devices," ARM's Bruce said.
You know, just like a PC -- which have been 64-bit for a while now.
Samsung is already giving us a hint of a future of mobile devices packing PC-like memory capacities. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 can use 3GB of memory.
Anything beyond 4GB and 64-bit chips become pretty much a necessity, as 32-bit processors in most cases can't address more memory than that.