A brief history of the second most used processor architecture
Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2010 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ARM thinks small but has grown larger than you might realize, there are an estimated 20 billion of the tiny processors in use. Growing from a small co-processor that would happily work with several existing processors already available on the market to it's current status of comprehensive System on a Chip. Strangely on of the biggest secrets of their success, the incredibly low power required to run these chips was not even a consideration in the original design of the chip but they have since realized and capitalized on that to ensure dominance in the embedded chip market. Drop by The Inquirer to read more about ARM and Sophie Wilson.
"An estimated 20 billion ARM processors are installed worldwide, around four per person and up to four or five per device.
For Sophie Wilson, who wrote the original instruction set back in 1983 for what was conceived as a co-processor for Acorn's BBC Micro computer, they are still a 'little bit awe-inspiring.'"
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