Video: For Phones, Double Your Cores, Double Your Fun!


I’ve been writing about multicore phones for a while, mostly because I’ve been eagerly awaiting the day my phone becomes powerful enough to be my primary computer. So when I had the chance on Friday to talk to some of the ARM (s armh) team behind the company’s latest architecture, I quizzed Eric Schorn, VP of marketing for the processor division, about what multicore means for the end user, and what developers have to do to take advantage of having more than one CPU available on the application processor. The biggest takeaway is that unlike in servers or on desktops, multiple CPUs on phones isn’t about boosting performance, but about saving power. For more, including how developers will have to code for multiple cores, check out the video below.

Related GigaOM Pro Research (sub req’d): For Phones, the Future Is Multiple Cores


Mark Hernandez

Stacey, in both your articles on this topic I see one big thing that you perhaps may have missed in your excitement about what multiprocessing cores will mean to your smartphone.

You seem to be forgetting about the screen size.

Download an app on your smartphone that allows you to use your Mac or Windows 7 PC on your phone’s small screen, and then I would love to hear your observations as to exactly what it is you currently do on your PC with the big screen that you want to do on your phone with the small screen.

Those are the problems that have to be solved. And I don’t think multiprocessor cores solve those challenges.


Handsome Stranger

When are we going to see a Virtual Machine running on the iPhone so I can put all that Android nonsense in a nice little sandbox so those poorly written Apps don’t crash my high performance iOS4 apps. I would like to see one core dedicated to the VM so than can essentially have two handsets in one. Parallels/Fusion folks best be brainstorming this idea or maybe they got some super secret pilot projects already implementing this in their black ops department.

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