Killing off 32bit CPUs trend / end of X86 mainstream?
We will soon see the first mass produced pure 64bit SoC: Apple A11. Apple have also told developers that no MacOS 32bit apps will be supported in 2019.
We are seeing something big here.
ARM is a real 64bit chip. All todays 64bit ARM chips have both a 32bit part/registers and a 64bit part. By removing the 32bit part of the CPU they either can increase performance, add cores or make the chips cheaper. Todays ARM SoCs for high end phones are huge at upwards 130mm2. Larger than Intels largest 4 core desktop chip, and that chip wastes 50% of the die area for iGP.
What is the chip Apple will use in 2019 that removes 32bit support for macOS? Will it be "safe" and Apple moves from X86 to ARM?
Or: Is this the mystical custom ASIC that Intel designs that is not X86 compatible? Other sites like Fudo argues that Intel have licensed AMD GPUs for a custom chip to Apple. Could Intel release its first pure 64bit chip that is not compatible with x86 (without software emulation)?
Microsoft is moving to Universal windows platform. Apps compiled runs natively on X86 and ARM. Qualcomm 835 is chosen by MSFT to run virtuaPC/86 compability making all legacy X86 programs work on ARM. (its fun how Intel talks about suing MSFT for X86 on ARM. VirtuaPC have existed almost 20 years, its a bit late to sue now)
Is this FINALLY the end of X86 mainstream=
MSFT/Google moving to ARM. Apple moving to ARM/custom. Leaving highend servers to Intel (mirroring what happened Sun/SPARC vs WinTel in mid 1990)
The main reasons why ARM havent killed X86 is
1) economics. People thinks that Intel have a value and pays extra for it. Companies have profit margins. Intel CPU/Motherboard cost 500 dollars compared to ARM SoC 50 dollar. 10% profit margin is more fun on 500 dollar than 50, and people think its normal that CPU/motherboard cost 500dollars.
2) Software platform Windows. Even if Windows never have worked, it still have 95% market share. If an OS dont run full windows, it will fail on computing.
1 is the reason why Apple releases iPad "Pro" with cheap ARM chip, but still charges double mainstream PC ASP. This customer base shop stuff the same way people buys cars. Not like the "expert" customer base that look at big numbers, and that big numbers are better than design, easy of use, security and integration. (and once in a time, you could get laid if you used Apple. And I mean girls / man. Today maybe I can get laid, but its not girls thanks to Tim)
2) MSFT is moving to ARM. How great Windows could be if MSFT made own ARM chips and optimized the hardware to its OS.