ARM: Mobile performance will soon match PC

Chip designer says tablets and phones will reach a par by 2016
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ARM has said that it anticipates the graphics and processing performance of mobile devices to match that of PCs within five years.

According to V3, the chip firm noted that many of the developments seen in PC processors have been replicated in mobile devices, including support for HD displays, 3D graphics and heterogenous computing.

“Mobile gaming is one factor driving the industry at the moment, with 3D graphics now better than cutting edge games were on the PC a few years back,” said the VP of strategic marketing for ARM’s Media Processing division, Kevin Smith.

“The smartphone is a major personalised compute platform and people will want to drive these big screens from it, so we expect to see the convergence of the PC and the mobile experience in a few years.”

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