64-bit Android phone demand better than expected

Fabless chip designer ARM has told Cnet  that the shift to 64-bit mobile gear is taking place faster than expected.

Tom Lantzsch, ARM’s executive vice president of corporate strategy said that phone and tablet makers are rushing to embrace 64-bit designs, surprising even those executives behind the chip platform.

He said that there had been a big uptick in demand for mobile 64-bit products and particularly the Cortex A53, a high-performance 64-bit mobile processor.

This caught the ARM off guard because it thought that 64-bit ARM would only be needed for corporate servers in the initial phase of the technology’s rollout.

He said that he was surprised at the pace that 64-bit is now becoming mobile centric. Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Marvell are examples of public 64-bit doing well.

Lantzsch said that there will be a 64-bit phone and tablet in the shops by Christmas. All this is a little strange because there is not a 64-bit version of Android yet. However he said that all software, nevertheless, will run faster.

He said that the architecture allows for more efficiency in the code. So, that means better battery life, quicker responsiveness, better features. However, he said that when the 64-bit software finally does arrive, products could change in a big way.

Intel has released Android KitKat 4.4 with a 64-bit kernel optimised for Intel Architecture saying that this will provide 64-bit kernel support for development of next-generation devices.

Intel’s Doug Fisher, general manager, Software and Services Group said that Chipzilla is moving everything to 64-bit.

Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 410 in December. This is a 64-bit processor for mainstream phones in emerging markets.