Qualcomm has now declared that the 64-bit computing will be the future, dismissing a contradictory comment made by the company's senior vice president and chief marketing officer Anand Chandrasekher last week.
Chandrasekher had labelled Apple's 64-bit A7 processor, which debuted in the iPhone 5S, as a "marketing gimmick" in a recent interview.
"I know there's a lot of noise because Apple did [64-bit] on their A7. I think they are doing a marketing gimmick. There's zero benefit a consumer gets from that. Predominantly... you need it for memory addressability beyond 4GB. That's it. You don't really need it for performance, and the kinds of applications that 64-bit get used in mostly are large, server-class applications," Tech World quoted Chandrasekher.
However, Qualcomm has now taken a U-turn on those comments and has now stated that iPhone's 64-bit chip is not a gimmick, reported BGR.
The San Diego-based company issued a statement on 8 October saying the comments made by the senior vice president were inaccurate and the mobile hardware and software ecosystem will soon be equipped with a 64-bit processor. They added that the new chips will bring in new desktop-class capabilities and user experiences to smartphones and will also enable the mobile processors and software to run new types of computing devices.
Tech giants like Apple, Samsung, Nvidia and ARM believe that the 64-bit chips will be available in future smartphones and tablets.
ARM was the company behind the 32-bit chip designs from Qualcomm. James Bruce, ARM's lead mobile strategist informed Cnet that high-end smartphones and tablets are definitely heading towards the 64-bit computing.
Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, who is generally right when it comes to technological developments, wrote a note to the investors claiming that Apple's switching to the 64-bit A7 processor may not be beneficial to the Cupertino-based company in the short term but "we believe that longer term it is a game changer as apps are rewritten and cross platform capabilities become utilised," reported Cnet.
The recently launched iPhone5S is powered by 64-bit dual core chip which is backed up by 1GB of RAM. The new processor is expected to give cut-throat competition to Samsung's Galaxy S4 processor and Sony's Xperia Z1, which is powered by a quad-core processor, stated Cnet Crave.
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