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  • Mar. 5, 2013, 5:09 PM
    Texas Instruments (TXN) is the latest ARM CPU supplier for H-P's (HPQ) Project Moonshot, which aims to create ultra-dense, low-power servers that will appeal to the Internet companies now driving industry growth. TI's chips will use ARM's (ARMH) high-end Cortex-A15 cores, and be based on its KeyStone architecture. The tie-up drives home TI's commitment to ARM processors, in spite of its retreat from the mobile processor space. (more on ARM servers)
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  • Feb. 9, 2013, 4:48 PM
    The market for micro servers - cheap, densely-packed, low-power servers most often used for Web/cloud services - will grow from just 88K units in 2012 to 1.2M in 2016 (10% of server shipments), predicts IHS. ARM-based (ARMH) chips could power much of this gear - NVDA, MRVL, AMCC, AMD, and others are busy developing ARM server CPUs. Intel (INTC) has responded with its S1200 Atom CPUs, but opinions about their competitiveness are mixed. Moreover, even if Atom CPUs keep ARM at bay, they could cannibalize sales of costlier Xeon CPUs. (Facebook)
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  • Feb. 5, 2013, 3:30 AM
    More on ARM Holdings (ARMH) Q4: "Momentum continues in computing, servers and networking applications," says ARM, with 2.5B chips based on ARM processor technology shipped. Processor royalty revenue +21%, growth in outsourcing of new tech. Expects to continue to gain market share in long-term growth sector as its partners launch new chips. Forecasts Q1 revenues of $250M, and FY dollar revenues in line with analyst forecasts. (PR)
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  • Feb. 5, 2013, 3:25 AM
    ARM Holdings (ARMH): Q4 adjusted EPS +10% to 4.08 pence, in line with consensus; adjusted pretax profit +16% to £80M vs consensus of £75.6M, revenues +19% to £164.2M vs £152.5M. Starts 2013 with a "robust opportunity pipeline for licensing and a record order backlog." Shares +7.2%. (PR)
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  • Feb. 5, 2013, 12:05 AM
    Notable earnings before Tuesday’s open: ACI, ACM, ADM, ADP, AGCO, AGN, ALLT, ARMH, ATK, BDX, BP, CAH, CHD, CSC, DLPH, DO, EL, EMR, ETN, K, MMP, NGPC, NRGY, NYX, OHI, SE, SEP, SIRI, TE, TM, UBS, UDR, VSH
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  • Feb. 4, 2013, 5:30 PM
    Notable earnings before Tuesday’s open: ACI, ACM, ADM, ADP, AGCO, AGN, ALLT, ARMH, ATK, BDX, BP, CAH, CHD, CSC, DLPH, DO, EL, EMR, ETN, K, MMP, NGPC, NRGY, NYX, OHI, SE, SEP, SIRI, TE, TM, UBS, UDR, VSH
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  • Feb. 1, 2013, 12:07 PM
    European tech stocks are outperforming following a good day for continental indexes, spurred by decent global PMI data and the U.S. NFP report. In addition to Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent (previous), Nokia (NOK +2.4%), ARM (ARMH +3.5%), STMicroelectronics (STM +4.4%), and NXP (NXPI +2%) are faring well.
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  • Jan. 30, 2013, 10:13 AM
    Freescale (FSL +17.4%) roars higher after easily beating Q4 estimates and providing Q1 guidance well above consensus. Sales of microcontrollers (strong uptake for ARM-based designs) and base station power amplifiers (lifted by China's 3G buildout) were healthy, offsetting weakness in network processor, analog/sensor, and automotive IC sales. The results appear a validation of new CEO Gregg Lowe's efforts to narrow Freescale's R&D focus and restructure. Pac Crest thinks margins could rise throughout 2013. (transcript)
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  • Jan. 22, 2013, 10:36 AM
    ARM (ARMH -2.2%) slips after receiving yet another downgrade: Benchmark has slashed its rating to Hold from Buy, citing overly optimistic expectations. Morgan Stanley, Piper, and UBS all downgraded ARM last week, largely on valuation grounds - shares of the world's dominant CPU core licensing firm currently trade at 46x 2013E EPS. Q4 results arrive on Feb. 5.
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  • Jan. 16, 2013, 1:57 PM
    Facebook has provided a big endorsement for ARM (ARMH) server CPUs: the company is showing off a next-gen server architecture for its Open Compute platform for building cheap/dense/power-efficient IT infrastructures that allows companies to switch between various x86 and ARM CPUs by swapping boards. Applied Micro (AMCC +0.9%) and Calxeda are the first ARM vendors to support it. The architecture will also support Intel's (INTC) silicon photonics tech, using it to handle 100G Ethernet links. (more on ARM servers)
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  • Jan. 15, 2013, 9:30 AM
    ARM (ARMH) -5% thanks to a a downgrade to Equal-weight from Morgan Stanley. "It will be difficult for news flow to improve from here, and ARM could still lose sockets here and there," the firm writes: it thinks expectations of mobile computing, micro-server, and telecom infrastructure share gains, and of higher royalty rates thanks to the adoption of its big.LITTLE architecture, are priced in. Piper downgraded ARM yesterday, but shares closed higher nonetheless.
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  • Jan. 11, 2013, 1:38 PM
    The future of Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows RT is starting to look a little shaky. Not only have Surface RT sales underwhelmed, Samsung has decided not to sell its RT tablets in the U.S. The electronics giant says educating U.S. consumers on RT would require "heavy lifting," and that retail partners have indicated RT demand is modest. One could also point out RT systems, which sport ARM-based (ARMH) CPUs from the likes of QCOM and NVDA, don't support older Windows apps, and that Intel and AMD have been busy developing tablet-friendly CPUs for Windows 8 Pro gear.
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  • Jan. 10, 2013, 10:01 AM
    Research In Motion (RIMM +2.4%) appears to be getting a lift from Nokia's Q4 pre-announcement. Reuters is reporting Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile USA execs have confirmed at CES their companies will sell BlackBerry 10 devices, though this was generally expected. Also rallying: telecom equipment vendors Alcatel-Lucent (ALU +3.9%) and Ericsson, and European chip companies STMicroelectronics (STM +5.1%), NXP (NXPI +3.1%), and ARM (ARMH +4%).
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  • Jan. 9, 2013, 1:15 PM
    While Qualcomm, Nvidia, and Intel unveil new quad-core mobile parts, Samsung (SSNLF.PK) is announcing the Exynos 5 Octa, which technically qualifies as the first 8-core mobile processor. Relying on ARM's (ARMH) big.LITTLE architecture, the Octa pairs 4 high-speed CPU cores with 4 low-power cores that handle background tasks. Though fully harnessing an 8-core chip will require developer legwork, Samsung promises unmatched performance and battery life. The chip should go into plenty of Samsung devices, but other OEMs might not be crazy about buying from a rival.
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  • Dec. 12, 2012, 12:25 PM
    Opinions on Intel's (INTC) S1200 Atom server CPUs are split between those who praise their head start on ARM-based alternatives, and those who worry the chips won't be competitive with future ARM products. Wells Fargo argues the S1200 gives Intel a 1-2 year lead over 64-bit ARM solutions. But Oppenheimer calls the dual-core parts "completely disadvantaged." "In the new web-tier landscape, the more cores, the better," it asserts. AppliedMicro's X-Gene ARM CPUs will support up to 128 cores at 2W/core, and Nvidia's upcoming Project Boulder could yield 8-16 core chips.
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  • Dec. 11, 2012, 4:27 PM
    Intel (INTC) has officially launched its S1200 (Centerton) Atom server CPU line: it's hoping the dual-core, 6W chips can head off the threats posed by ARM (ARMH) server CPUs and AMD's SeaMicro unit, and address the needs of Web companies deploying hundreds of thousands of cheap, dense, energy-efficient servers. At $54 apiece, the chips are far cheaper than most of Intel's Xeon server CPUs - GigaOm notes Intel is dealing with an innovator's dilemma. Analyst Charles King argues Intel has a 12-month head start on ARM, but Oppenheimer isn't impressed.
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ARM Holdings PLC designs microprocessors, physical IP and related technology and software, and sells development tools to enhance the performance and energy-efficiency of high-volume embedded applications.