ARM Denies Restricting Licensees in Developing Executable x86 Systematic Chips

12 Jan

ARM executives reported that ARM doesn’t restrict licensed chip firms in developing executable x86 systematic chips, adding that there is no legal basis to make such restriction, according to a Chinese media report.

The report refutes a recent statement by Qualcomm alleging that the company is the only company which has reached an agreement with ARM in developing executable Windows systematic chips.

The report points out further that in the wake of its acquisition by Japan’s Softbank in 2016, ARM has extended its business scope to all kinds of computing equipment, as a result of which the application of its chips in PCs cannot be ruled out.

The report notes that following its failure in developing operating system Windows RT for mobile devices, Microsoft, in a continuing effort, has partnered with Qualcomm in applying ARM chips in the development of simulator, for the operation of traditional x86 application programs. It is still unclear what advantages the application of ARM chips in x86 system can achieve. However, it is apparent that Qualcomm has posed major challenge to the dominant status of Intel in PCs priced at around US$200.

Thanks to its merits of good durability and easy interconnectivity, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 may be applied in next-generation low-cost Windows PCs. James Bruce, in charge ARM’s strategic alliance, however, expressed that other licensees of ARM chips, including Samsung and Apple, can also carry out similar development, which only involves cooperation between software system developers and SoC chip firms. In other words, Apple can also roll out ARM chips-based macOS.

In its official statement, in addition to denial of any restriction on the application of its chips by other software platforms, the company stresses the extendibility of its chips, which are applicable to any device needing its function, including autos, micro-controllers, and next-generation connecting equipment.