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are all mobile processors arm?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by El dude, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. El dude

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    I am a bit confused. it seems that processors such as the tegra 2 and apple a5 plus the snapdragon are actually from the arm cortex family?
     

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    Yes pretty much.

    ARM is an instruction set like x86. The reason they all use it is because it's a "reduced" instruction set more suitable for mobile. Rather than say x86 (which is what an Intell or AMD desktop processor uses). x86 is a powerful instruction set with lots of features, whereas ARM is designed to be limited so that it uses less power (good for mobile device battery life).
     
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    ARM actually stands for A RISC MACHINE. RISC stands for Reduced Instruction Set Computer.

    It is also a company. But its business model is very different from Intel. Instead of making processors on its own, ARM licenses its designs to others.

    ARM - The Architecture For The Digital World
     

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