AFDS 2012: ARM once again on stage with AMD - partnership incoming?

Subject: Mobile, Shows and Expos | June 11, 2012 - 12:01 AM |
Tagged: mali, arm, amd, AFDS

In a blog post over at, ARM Fellow Jem Davies has made a point to let us all know that he is going to be attending the AMD Fusion Developer Summit yet again, but this time with something more concrete to discuss.  In a very self-aware statement, Davies writes in his post that "my appearance last year generated a lot of speculation about the nature of the relationship between ARM and AMD." 

Indeed it did.

From Davies' post:

This year, we have a great deal to discuss. ARM is all about low power and many people in the industry now realize that GPUs have a central role to play in providing highly energy-efficient computing. It’s an exciting future that can grow the ecosystem that surrounds computing. ARM’s unique portfolio of CPU, GPU, interconnect and physical IP puts us at the forefront of one of the most important technological changes in a long time. Reflecting on that and some of those changes, I will be making an announcement at the show.

Emphasis above is ours.

Also worth noting is that Jem Davies does not have his own session at AFDS, but rather we can expect to see him to come out on stage during another keynote, likely during Phil Rogers' or Mark Papermaster's. 

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AMD wants into the tablet market.  ARM could accelerate that process.

Exactly WHAT the ARM/AMD announcement might be obviously isn't known by many yet, but we have speculated many times that an AMD built, ARM architecture processor, with Radeon-based graphics technology and ARM low-power CPU cores, could help AMD enter into the world of ultra-lower power SoCs very quickly.  Markets like the pending onslaught of Windows 8 RT tablets and clamshells have NVIDIA foaming at the mouth and AMD would be remiss to not attempt to tackle the same markets and one-up Intel at the same time.

It should be an exciting week!  Keep checking and our AFDS site tag for all the latest news including keynote live blogs!

Source: ARM

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June 11, 2012 | 12:06 AM - Posted by dagamer34 (not verified)

Is AMD ready to announce the obvious that they've gotten an ARM license to make ARM chips for servers and mobile SoCs?

June 11, 2012 | 12:14 AM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

We should finally figure that out this week.

June 11, 2012 | 03:40 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Note that Jem's role is VP of technology in the Media Processing Division, as in MPD, as in the division that designs Mali GPUs.

This is not necessarily a CPU announcement at all. But it is more likely to be both IMHO.

June 11, 2012 | 10:37 AM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Interesting... Maybe ARM will license the Radeon IP?

June 12, 2012 | 11:46 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

LOL. Wrong way round... ARM has the IP.

June 11, 2012 | 11:24 AM - Posted by ptmd (not verified)

Perhaps a partnership in pushing HSA as a open standard?

June 11, 2012 | 12:03 PM - Posted by Mark (not verified)

Personally this is the only thing AMD is doing that I even care about.

June 11, 2012 | 02:13 PM - Posted by Formula350 (not verified)

I'm hoping it is the integration of an ARM core (one/two/four) into Bobcat, allowing both companies to take advantage of AMD's more recent program/offer to allow Third Parties to integrate their tech into the Bobcat chip.

I suspect an ARM integration took place, that their cores would have utilization of the Bobcat's Radeon Graphics. So in a sense the outcome would be the same as if AMD licensed the Radeon IP. Though this is under the speculation that the "ARMcat"(? lol) would be able to sort of operate independantly, turning off the x86 portions when running something like Android or Windows 8 RT. This would be a very nice thing to have with a tablet, providing the longer battery life and basic platform usage with like Android, yet also having x86 Windows capability for more complex applications.

Speculation is fun :D Even if it could never happen :( lol

June 15, 2012 | 02:42 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The apu has a slot that happens to accept a 3rd party soc.
which will most likely fit the A5 chip from ARM.

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