From smartphones, tablets and servers, ARM's 64-bit processors could soon spread to multifunction printers, storage and networking devices. Chip maker AppliedMicro early next month will announce a new family of ARM-based chips called Helix, which is targeted at embedded devices and appliances used in data centers and offices. The company will share more details about the product family during a session at the ARM TechCon conference in Santa Clara, California, early next month.
AppliedMicro is best known for its 64-bit ARM server processor called X-Gene, and the Helix chips are based on the same ARMv8 architecture used in the server chip. The multicore Helix chips will be faster in performance and data throughput than AppliedMicro's existing 32-bit chips in multifunction printers, storage systems, media gateways and networking devices. The company currently relies mostly on the PowerPC architecture for its embedded chips.