Report: 20nm ARM chips could hit 3 GHz by 2014

Posted by Trent Nouveau

A slew of reports indicate that 20nm ARM-powered chips could hit a speed of 3GHz by 2014, courtesy of both TSMC and GlobalFoundries.

The chips are likely to provide 25% more battery life and up to 30% higher performance for mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

As Liliputing's Brad Linder notes, the current generation of processors from Qualcomm, Nvidia and Samsung are based on 28nm architecture and typically limited to top speeds of 2.3 GHz.

Of course Intel is also tweaking its mobile portfolio by significantly lowering power consumption for its 22nm Bay Trail and Merrifield chips.

Meaning, Intel's 22nm x86 SoCs will soon be pitted against similar ARM-powered (RISC) chips - as the war for mobile dominance shifts into an entirely new stage.