Soon after Apple announced the iPhone 5S with a 64-bit chip, everyone and their mama started talking about 64-bit mobile computing. Samsung was first to follow, saying that it will adopt 64-bit architecture in chip designs released next year. And what do you know, other companies like Qualcomm, Nvidia and Broadcom will join the party as well.
First let me get one thing straight – 64-bit chips don’t necessarily bring improved performance. If the operating system and applications don’t use the extra horse power (and improved architecture), there’s little point in using these more advanced chips. On the other hand, adding that 64-bit label could help handset makers convince potential buyers their products are that much better. And that’s why all the fuss was raised. Vendors want to be able to say their phone/tablet has a 64-bit chip and is thus a better purchase than some other product (from competing OEM).
We like increased competition and have no doubts that with more chip makers entering this race, consumer will win at the end, benefiting from the falling prices along the way. Yet again, an interesting year is ahead of us…
[Via: Unwired View]