Here’s a riddle:

What is five times faster than an Intel Atom chip, yet is 60% smaller and uses about the same power?  Oh, and it costs about half as much to produce?  Give up?

It is a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 chip running at over 1GHz…and someone is building something with it as we speak. 

Buried inside ARM’s 3rd quarter earnings announced today was that they’ve given one of their licensees the rights to a chip that is truly a laptop-class processor, yet has the physical and energy footprint of a smartphone:

Twenty-three of the licenses were for ARM

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