tech2 News Staff
November 21, 2018 21:11 IST
It seems that ARM is the newest thing in the personal computing space. At first it was Apple with her “IPad as a PC replacement” step then it was Microsoft and Qualcomm with their permanently connected PC Resins
ARM-based Windows-based devices, such as Qualcomm-enabled PCs, always have incredible battery life and the power of a full-fledged Windows operating system for desktops. This is a combination of features that are very attractive for a certain type of user. The only thing that was still missing in this world is Google Chrome, which is now an important part of everyone’s life.
According to the report in 9to5Google, Microsoft and Google are working together to fix this. Previously, Microsoft required all browsers to use the Microsoft Edge rendering engine. Considering that Google uses its own, perhaps more advanced rendering mechanism, this was a problem. It seems that these two companies have found some compromise in this regard.
ARM belongs to a processor family based on something called RISC (instruction-based computation reduction). The processors found on desktops and laptops are usually based on CISC (complex instruction-based computing) and are made by Intel and AMD.
RISC processors are more efficient and less flexible than CISC processors, which makes them ideal for use in scenarios where power consumption and battery life are a priority. That is what makes the ARM processors an ideal choice for mobile devices. On laptops and desktops, where power consumption is secondary, CISC processors, such as Intel, are preferable for their performance.
In previous years, the difference in performance between RISC and CISC was so great that device manufacturers had a clear choice: an ARM based processor could not be used on a laptop, and an Intel / AMD processor was useless on a mobile phone.
However, today everything is different. While Intel / AMD CISC processors are still not sufficiently effective for use in a mobile phone, RISC-based ARM processors are now powerful enough to be considered a viable option for low-power PCs.
To give an example, Apple’s latest iPad, not as flexible as a real laptop, can export 4K video faster than most Windows-based or Mac-based PCs. In the Windows world, Windows-based devices with ARM support offer unheard of battery life for 20 hours. Computing devices like these require that we question the very nature of PCs.