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  • justfine790 justfine790 Aug 1, 2013 10:18 AM Flag

    Motorola's 8X system, is Intel the Fab?

    Motorola Reveals More X8 Chip Details
    Sascha Segan By Sascha Segan
    July 31, 2013 09:15am EST

    ""If you look at the X8 mobile computing system, it has a cluster of processors and then some separate elements of the system," said Iqbal Arshad, Motorola's senior vice president of engineering. The goal was to move away from a primarily CPU-based architecture to save power and do "intelligent, probabilistic computing," he said."
    "Here's where things get a little more mysterious. Associated with the S4 Pro, but not on the same chip, are a "contextual computing processor" and a "natural language processor." Arshad said that neither of those were ARM cores and declined to say where Motorola got them from, or who manufactured them.

    "It's done by Motorola, a lot of design in the entire system," he said. "The actual silicon is specified by us but we don't go ahead and design and fab it. It's not an ARM processor, it's a very low-power separate processor," he said.

    "...We invented mobile. We have [80] years of DSP expertise, That is all Motorola's unique technology," he said.
    Separating the custom logic from the CPU will allow Motorola to build X8s based on other CPUs, Arshad said.
    "We can with with any Qualcomm processor. We can work with anybody's CPU. That's the beauty of it; all of our technology and experiences are decoupled from the legacy CPU processor," he said.

    [Intel purchased assets, patents, and hire Motorola employees at the end of 2012. Intel announced that Merrifield will have an "integrated always on sensor hub". Intel has said they would manufacture non X86 systems for a "Strategic partner" ]

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