D Apple M1 Seems to threaten the x86 hegemony of Intel and AMD With excellent performance at low TDP without the need for active cooling. Sure, x86 processors will continue to reign for some time, Since many industry standard programs still collect for x86_64.
But nevertheless, Apple and Qualcomm may not be the only ones fighting in the poor space. AMD is rumored that she would also like to jump to the ARM architecture. Even a final product may not be far behind.
AMD has been working on its ARM processor since 2016
The well-known hole Mauri QHD Has tweeted that AMD already has an M1 prototype. It says that the company is developing two versions of this chip: One with built-in RAM and one without. The prototype is apparently “almost ready”. No other information is available.
While information on the supposed M1 competitor is still scarce, this is not the first time we hear about this new arm-related AMD design.
In 2016, when Jim Keller Was at the forefront of CPU issues at AMD, the company announced the K12 Cor, A chip based on the design ARM v8 de 64 bits. However, the chip never reached the market. Earlier this year, May, Komachi ensaka Managed to create an AMD roadmap that curiously listed an entry K12 FFX Between the years 2017 and 2022.
Assuming the call K12 FFX Be real, it could be intended for laptops with low power and other mobile devices. Hopefully the time when this chip comes to the market, Microsoft working together with AMD would be able to improve x86 emulation on ARM. Or better yet, AMD can enable an X86 consistency model like the M1 to accelerate legacy applications. This is something that Currently not possible on Snapdragon chips.
AMD has an M1 competitor in prototype stages, one version with integrated RAM and one without it
He said “virtually ready”
But -imo- idk
Leak is only a few days old, the chip IDC
– Mauri QHD (@MauriQHD) 28 November 2020
Not long ago, AMD’s patents for these “Implementation of subsets of instructions for low power operations” Emerged online, which posed various designs of Hybrid processors for mobile devices. Although it is not entirely clear whether the designs are for X86 or ARM, but it points to the fact that an AMD radical low-power CPU architecture is prepared in AMD labs.
As always, such rumors should be viewed with caution. In fact, there have been rumors about a AMD Ryzen C7 ARM Sock with a mobile GPU RDNA2 On board, which later turned out to be wrong. However, the probability is now not too far and the traditional X86 chipmakers would have benefited from having an ARM alternative.