AMD claims ARM and x86 mobile chip first

AMD has combined ARM and x86 processors in its latest mobile accelerated processing units (APUs).

This is AMD’s first implementation of ARM-based technology into processors designed for consumer and commercial client devices.

The mobile APUs, formerly codenamed “Beema” and “Mullins,”incorporate up to four newly-designed x86 CPU cores and a hardware-level data security solution based on the ARM Cortex-A5 processor core.AMD claims ARM and x86 mobile chip firstProducts based on these new APUs are already announced by Lenovo and Samsung.

According to Bernd Lienhard, AMD corporate vice-president and general manager, Client Products, this is the “first-ever ARM-based security solution on an x86 processor”.

The aim is to run full Android OS on Windows-based PCs using BlueStacks software optimised for AMD.

Intended for tablets and ultrathin laptops, the processing units feature up to four x86 “Puma+” CPU cores and AMD Radeon R Series graphics based on Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture.

An AMD-developed platform security processor (PSP) is based on the ARM Cortex-A5 featuring ARM TrustZone technology for enhanced data security.

The integrated PSP taps into the open standards-based ARM TrustZone ecosystem and partitions the new processors into two “virtual CPUs” – a “secure world” and a “normal world” based on the type of data being processed.


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