ARM introduce their next generation Architecture
The moment that many of us have been waiting for has finally happened. ARM Holdings has officially announced their move to a 64-bit instruction set. Ever since the arrival of the ARM10, ARM has made noises about moving to 64-bit, but nothing concrete was ever disclosed. But today, the ARMv8 architecture has officially been announced.
ARM’s official press release does not go into key performance indicators that may give us a clue to the increase to performance and power consumption that is required by moving to 64-bit processing. It does however, state that the all technical details are available to partners under license.
The ARMv8 architecture will include the current 32-bit architecture as well as the newly introduced 64-bit architecture. They are named as AArch32 and AArch64 respectively. The current key features of the current ARMv7 architecture, including TrustZone, virtualization and NEON™ advanced SIMD, are maintained or extended in the ARMv8 architecture which finally see it move into enterprise market where larger access to data is required.
Unfortunately, no new processors based on the ARMv8 architecture were announced, but it is certain that a new high-end Cortex-A series processor will be announced during 2012. ARM also state that consumer and enterprise prototype systems are expected in 2014 which means that end-products or systems based on the ARMv8 architecture will be available until 2016 at the very earliest.
Major partners in the ARM ecosystem such as Microsoft and Nvidia congratulated the move to 64-bit and recognised the magnitude of the transition of bringing the energy-efficient ARM to new high-end servers and computing as well as offering backwards compatibility.
We believe this could be the most significant announcement ARM has ever made. The move to 64-bit finally allows ARM and their partners to move into new territories that were closed to them. We are incredibly excited at the prospect of ARM continuing to move up the value chain into high-end servers and super-computers.
ARM’s share price on NASDAQ is currently up 9.13% to $30.25 after this announcement.