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ARM working on adding multithreading support

Posted on Thursday, September 30 2010 @ 16:22:20 CEST by

An ARM executive confirmed to IT World that the company plans to add multithreading capabilities to future chip architectures to boost the performance of its processors.
The company is looking to include multithreading capabilities depending on application requirements in different segments, said Kumaran Siva, segment marketing manager at Arm, at the Linley Tech Processor conference in San Jose, California.

Arm develops processor designs, which it then licenses to chip makers. Arm-based chips go into most of world's smartphones, and the company is trying enter new areas that include servers, networking and telecommunications. The company did not include multithreading in the Cortex-A15 processor core, which was announced this month, and can perform up to five times faster than its predecessors.

Multithreading is a way to run multiple threads on a single processor core to boost application performance. Calculations can be broken up over multiple threads to yield quicker results.



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