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2012 dubbed year of the Superphone

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 09:39:45

ARM chief executive, Warren East, has claimed that the emergence of 4G networking on a global scale will make 2012 the year in which smartphones become superphones.

ARM is the firm responsible for the processor architecture found in a wide variety of modern handsets and it recently announced its most efficient chip to date, the Cortex A7.

It is hoping that a combination of lower cost, higher power smartphones and the proliferation of 4G and LTE (Long Term Evolution) networking across Europe, Asia and the US, will allow for yet another major change in how mobile phones influence our lives.

Mr East explained that with more networking bandwidth available to users, it would be possible for people to access far more complex services via their data connections, thus requiring faster processors which do not simultaneously drain battery power at higher speeds.

In 2012, ARM is hoping to see the arrival of the first smartphones based on the Cortex A15 chip architecture, which Mr East believes will allow mobiles to be rightly referred to as superphones, to mark the beginning of a new generation.

In the first half of 2011, the market saw the first dual core smartphones hit the market and since then there has been much talk of the quad core handsets that are almost certain to emerge in the same period of 2012.

You might think that the gulf between basic mobiles and high end smartphones is becoming so great that there will be a total split in the market, but companies like ARM are looking to make even the more affordable handsets capable of great things, thanks to multicore processors.

4G networking technology has yet to make its mainstream appearance in the UK, but various providers are gearing up for the roll-out in the next 12 months.




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