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Mobile Chips Battle For Processing Power

By BBC News

September 23, 2010



Inside your smartphone, a battle is raging. As tiny chips with big ambitions fight for processing power, is there anything the phones of the future will not be able to do?

High-definition TV and ultra-complex gaming—all in 3D—is a big task for any computer.

Especially as it tries to calculate the way the shadows should behave, or the way the light should reflect off each of the two million pixels on screen, 50 times a second.

Such complex graphics on home computers have only become possible in the last few years, as chip technology has caught up with designers' aspirations.

But in the future, mobile phones will be able to handle this and much more—thanks to the prototype chips being designed by one of the most quietly successful and profitable companies in IT—ARM.

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