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<p>Sun, which has cool relations with Intel, would also lean toward the competitive AMD processor for its low-end server, the sources believe.</p>

Widdoes said that where most OVL monitors will do three or four checks and consist of tens to maybe hundreds of lines of code, CheckerWare Monitors do hundreds of checks and are made of 2,000 to 4,000 lines of Verilog.

ARM claims that the architecture also features extensive clock gating allowing for lower power than competing architectures at comparable performance. The CoreLink CCN-520 memory controller, the fifth memory controller available from ARM, offers 25.6 GB/s per channel performance with ECC, integrated QoS regulation, and TustZone functionality with x72 DDR3, DDR3L and DDR4 DRAM.

The new IP offerings are part of a bigger picture to expand the ARM IP portfolio making it more attractive for other applications and more competitive with other process architectures. In this case, the applications are the outer edge of the communications network and storage.

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While Intel is also targeting many of these applications with the X86 architecture and many of the IP acquisitions the company has initiated or completed over the past year, the current incumbents are often other RISC architectures and custom ASICs, which are architectures we at TIRIAS Research expect the ARM architecture to displace before going head-to-head with the X86 in servers.

Just as important as the new IP, however, is the ecosystem support that is adopting it. ARM has already received support from a laundry list of SoC partners, including Broadcom, Cavium, Freescale, Huawei, LSI, Mindspeed and TI, as well as others that are unannounced. It is this broad ecosystem support that really makes the ARM architecture attractive for future server applications.

The server segment has always maintained the widest array of processors architectures because the requirements of servers vary greatly by the applications and functions being performed. The ARM architecture will not only offer a wide range of vendors to choose from, it will also offer a broad range of SoCs that vary by vendor but are still consistent in the base architecture. This will still not offer the software compatibility of the X86 architecture, but the tradeoff in flexibility, ecosystem support, power and/or specific performance metrics may be worth the added software overhead.

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As indicated in earlier articles, the true battle between the ARM and X86 architectures is unlikely to occur until the 2014/2015 timeframe, but it’s clear that both sides are gearing up for that battle and taking out the smaller competition in the interim.

Jim McGregorTIRIAS ResearchFounder/Principal Analyst

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SAN FRANCISCO — Seeking to close the performance gap that had its high-end machines running at only 500 MHz, Apple Computer Inc. made four additions to its PowerMac line and added a more powerful member to its PowerBook notebook family on Tuesday (Jan. 9), but said it will delay the release of its much anticipated OS X.

Speaking to over 5,000 Apple devotees attending the Macworld Expo here, Apple chief executive officer Steve Jobs kicked off the the show by unveiled his vision of Apple's systems as the hub of the evolving digital lifestyle.”

In the past 18 months AMD has made successful strides in that direction, according to Scott Randall, an analyst at SoundView Financial Group Inc., Stamford, Conn.

I would argue that over the last year, what we've seen is some increase in comfort on the part of corporations [with AMD], because the company's Athlon family is a solid, good price/performance product,” Randall said. If they can continue to execute well, and increase confidence and evolve a viable service strategy, customers will look at AMD that much more favorably.”

Still, limited manufacturing capacity will keep AMD's growth in check, according to IDC's Kay. AMD has two fabs, and one is not built out yet. Intel has 11,” he said. If [AMD] takes all the market share it can eat, 18% is the max.”

This is a roundup of news or activities in the past few days that may be of interest to people.

Dongbu HiTek will host the fifth annual Analog Semiconductor Leaders’ Forum” on October 10th during i-SEDEX trade Sshow in Korea. Industry authorities will discuss the latest analog technology and marketing trends under the central theme, Exploring new opportunities for analog technology in the smart convergence era.” Advance Registration is available at http://www.sedex.org/2012eng/dongbu/seminar.php. There is no charge to attend the forum but seating is limited.