AMD has long been the closing thing Intel has to competition in the x86 processor space. Now the company is also gearing up to take on Samsung, Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and other companies that produce chips based on ARM architecture.
The company has already announced plans to produce ARM-based chips for servers in 2014. According to SweClockers, AMD will also start producing ARM-based chips for tablets and other consumer devices next year as well.
SweClockers says the news comes from an anonymous AMD executive.
The chip will be based on ARMv8 architecture and will likely be a 64-bit processor based on ARM’s Cortex-A57 and/or Cortex-A53 designs.
That alone wouldn’t be enough to set AMD’s chip apart from the competition. ARM licenses its designed to a number of companies, and several have already announced plans to produce chips using ARMv8 designs.
But AMD’s chip will reportedly use AMD’s own graphics technology, which it’s calling Graphics Core Next, or GCN.
AMD has been one of the leaders in the PC graphics space since the chip maker acquired ATI Technologies in 2006. Now it looks like the company will be bringing some of its experience in graphics to the mobile space.
It won’t be the first company to take this approach. NVIDIA was best known for making graphics cards for PCs up until a few years ago, but now NVIDIA’s Tegra processors for phones, tablets, and other mobile devices are among the company’s most visible products.