ARM being a good idea doesn't mean it would have worked for AMD

By: Jukka Larja (roskakori2006.delete@this.gmail.com), February 24, 2021 6:03 am
Room: Moderated Discussions
Simon Farnsworth (simon.delete@this.farnz.org.uk) on February 23, 2021 8:42 am wrote:
> Jukka Larja (roskakori2006.delete@this.gmail.com) on February 23, 2021 7:12 am wrote:
> > dmcq (dmcq.delete@this.fano.co.uk) on February 23, 2021 5:35 am wrote:
> >
> > > I certainly wondered what on earth AMD were up to when they
> > > made an ARM server chip. There is certainly no advantage
> > > to them being a leader in that market, best push x86 for the
> > > moment, and they can always be top class as a follower
> > > in the future. The place I thought they might have a good
> > > chance with ARM though is in games machines, it probably
> > > isn't a huge money spinner but it certainy would be a nice market to be the go to leader in.
> >
> > AMD has gotten their x86 chips to last two-and-half generations of Playstations
> > and Xboxes. Hard to see they could make more money with ARM based chips.
> >
> > Maybe you were thinking about some mobile gaming consoles and the edge ARM CPU could have there?
> > Considering nearly everyone is already carrying a small games machine (smart phone) around all
> > the time, it's hard to see much money can be made there. Only one to ever succeed there is Nintendo,
> > and it's not because they have great hardware. They aren't going to pay large sums for 20, 50 or
> > 100 % more CPU performance, as long as there are good enough SoCs available for less.
> >
> > -JLarja
>
> Looking at the timelines on K12 and the consoles, it looks like K12 early design work began at about
> the same time as AMD won the console bids for PlayStation 4 and XBox One. It would thus seem plausible
> to me that K12 was also about hedging their bets if Microsoft and Sony (who had not been tied to an
> ISA in previous generations) started looking seriously at ARM-based competitors for the XBox Series
> X and PlayStation 5 generation of consoles. At least with a decent ARM core, if you hear that the decision
> is ARM, then you can still bid - albeit now competing with many ARM ecosystem chips.
>
> Once it becomes clear that Zen + RDNA will be competitive for the next generation against any ARM
> ecosystem chip, then AMD don't need K12 for a future console bid - they can stick with x86 and
> beat the competition. At that point, they don't need the ARM core, so might as well scrap it.

Both Microsoft and Sony appreciate backwards compatibility. Once the decision to go with x86 in PS4 and Xbox One was made, I don't think much thought was spent on changing architectures again for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

One has to remember that when PS3 was released, Sony could still include PS2 hardware for backwards compatibility (it was, of course, removed later). That was no longer possible with PS3 to PS4 transition. It was no longer nearly free to produce last generation chip. I'm sure both MS and Sony would have loved to stay on PowerPC, but unfortunately there was no-one who could sell them a SoC with competitive pricing. So they went with AMD's offering instead.

-JLarja
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    12:30 "[ISA] do not matter very much"anon22021/02/21 10:25 PM
      12:30 "[ISA] do not matter very much"Brett2021/02/21 11:59 PM
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          ARM being a good idea doesn't mean it would have worked for AMDDummond D. Slow2021/02/22 01:34 PM
            ARM being a good idea doesn't mean it would have worked for AMDAnon2021/02/22 03:25 PM
              ARM being a good idea doesn't mean it would have worked for AMDDummond D. Slow2021/02/22 04:55 PM
                ARM being a good idea doesn't mean it would have worked for AMDDoug S2021/02/23 12:03 PM
                  ARM being a good idea doesn't mean it would have worked for AMDDummond D. Slow2021/02/23 12:27 PM
                    ARM being a good idea doesn't mean it would have worked for AMDBrett2021/02/23 03:57 PM
                      3rd parties licensing ARM coresAnon2021/02/25 04:01 AM
                        3rd parties licensing ARM coresAnon2021/02/25 04:48 AM
                        3rd parties licensing ARM coresdmcq2021/02/25 06:01 AM
                          3rd parties licensing ARM coresDummond D. Slow2021/02/25 09:17 AM
                            3rd parties licensing ARM coresAnon2021/02/25 10:11 AM
                              3rd parties licensing ARM coresAnon2021/02/26 02:54 AM
                              3rd parties licensing ARM coresDummond D. Slow2021/02/26 10:01 AM
            ARM being a good idea doesn't mean it would have worked for AMDLinus Torvalds2021/02/22 05:06 PM
              ARM being a good idea doesn't mean it would have worked for AMDDummond D. Slow2021/02/22 07:19 PM
              ARM being a good idea doesn't mean it would have worked for AMDanon22021/02/22 07:28 PM
              ARM being a good idea doesn't mean it would have worked for AMDdmcq2021/02/23 05:35 AM
                ARM being a good idea doesn't mean it would have worked for AMDJukka Larja2021/02/23 07:12 AM
                  ARM being a good idea doesn't mean it would have worked for AMDSimon Farnsworth2021/02/23 08:42 AM
                    ARM being a good idea doesn't mean it would have worked for AMDJukka Larja2021/02/24 06:03 AM
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                        12:30 "[ISA] do not matter very much"Anon2021/02/25 04:53 AM
                  12:30 "[ISA] do not matter very much"Anon2021/02/24 08:07 AM
                    12:30 "[ISA] do not matter very much"Wilco2021/02/24 11:37 AM
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                        12:30 "[ISA] do not matter very much"anon.12021/02/25 06:13 AM
                  12:30 "[ISA] do not matter very much"Anon2021/02/24 08:44 AM
                12:30 "[ISA] do not matter very much"anon22021/02/23 03:51 PM
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                12:30 "[ISA] do not matter very much"rwessel2021/02/23 09:33 AM
                  12:30 "[ISA] do not matter very much"Linus Torvalds2021/02/23 11:44 AM
                    12:30 "[ISA] do not matter very much"rwessel2021/02/23 12:21 PM
                      12:30 "[ISA] do not matter very much"Linus Torvalds2021/02/23 12:30 PM
                        12:30 "[ISA] do not matter very much"Andrey2021/02/25 03:06 AM
                          12:30 "[ISA] do not matter very much"Anon2021/02/25 05:04 AM
                            12:30 "[ISA] do not matter very much"Andrey2021/02/25 05:54 AM
                              12:30 "[ISA] do not matter very much"Anon2021/02/25 06:33 AM
                          12:30 "[ISA] do not matter very much"Linus Torvalds2021/02/25 10:35 AM
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