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  • theblueredmonk theblueredmonk Sep 2, 2011 3:27 AM Flag

    Apple’s $399 Plan to Win Consumer Market in Summer 2012

    This thread has morphed into one about security.

    ARM currently has better on chip 'security' than Intel:

    http://www.arm.com/products/processors/technologies/trustzone.php

    Trustzone is a hardware virtual processor which would run all secure code. You'll see something similar in future Intel chips.

    As for specific instructions for encryption/random number generation, ARM doesn't contain any. In embedded applications you'll often find hardware random number generators and encryption engines. For real end user computing there is no ARM standard.

    Getting back to Apple. At this stage it doesn't matter how good (or bad) ARM performance is as there is no ARM 64 bit core. This should be announced in the next few months. Very little is known about this core and it's capabilities, it could be designed for deeply embedded applications and not end user computing at all.

 
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