If you’re using a smartphone, chances are it’s using a chip that’s based on an ARM architecture, and if chip manufacturer ARM is to be believed, the chips they’ll be pushing out in 18 months time will be able to power smartphones that have the same computational power as a XBOX 360 or PS3 console. The chip manufacturer is hedging their bets on their upcoming Mali GPU, which takes after rival AMD’s philosophy of combining both the CPU and GPU into one chip. In an article published in the Inquirer, ARM said that in order to make this happen it needs to “put huge amounts of computational power in the hands of developers”. Of course, that sort of power output presents its own set of problems, including efficient power and thermal management, something that the chip manufacturer is working feverishly to produce.
Source: The Inquirer