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AMD trying to bridge the gap between x86 and ARM

Agam Shah | Aug. 29, 2012
Advanced Micro Devices is taking steps to bridge the gap between x86 and ARM processors, and hopes to build a foundation from which programs will operate on mobile devices like tablets independent of architecture, the company's chief technology officer, Mark Papermaster, said in an interview.

The goal behind the specification is to abstract the multiple hardware layers and provide the ability for programmers to write an application just once for deployment across multiple processing units in chips, Papermaster said. That should make it easier for programmers to write applications, Papermaster said.

AMD is also developing next-generation x86 CPU cores for PCs and tablets. AMD at the ongoing Hot Chips conference is providing more details on the Jaguar and Steamroller CPU core, which will be used in upcoming tablets and PCs starting next year. AMD is trying to double the CPU speed with each new generation while reducing power consumption, Papermaster said.


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