IBM has announced it is licensing a basket of processor designs from ARM for its network equipment division. The new deal means Big Blue can make use of ARM's Cortex-A15, Cortex-A12, Cortex-A7 and Cortex-M4 cores, as well as the ARM Mali-450 graphics processing unit. These are aimed at beefy phone and tablet chips, and IBM wants …
Which just leaves Intel holding out on ARM, still thinking they can better it (whilst releasing lots of misleading benchmark results for Atom).
Reading Register headlines is like participating in charades.
So how is having to buy in an outside design - as IBM had to do with x86 to stay relevant in servers - got anything to do with boosting Power? Surely it means it is yet another area where IBM couldn't make Power or a Cell derivative work?
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