Next-generation ARM devices are set to arrive in 2014 and both the semiconductor companies are planning to deploy 20nm based foundries that would churn out ARM processors clocked at up to 3GHz. Currently with 28nm process the speeds of the SoCs are limited to 2.3GHz which have already been achieved by Snapdragon 800 and Tegra 4i, and devices powered by these processors are are set to arrive in late 2013.
With the new ARM processors slated for 2014, there will be a considerable increase in processing speeds yielded by 30% faster clock speeds and 1.9 times better density that too at 25% less power consumption notes Fudzilla. 3GHz is what both the companies are looking at and if the battery technology keeps up we could definitely see tablets and smartphones powered by 3GHz ARM processors by end of next year.
Considering that 20nm process does become a reality for ARM and next-gen processors are released by 2014, x86 could have nowhere to hide when it comes to smartphone and tablet markets. But neither Intel nor AMD would be sleeping and if all things work out Intel may very well launch its own 14nm Atoms and AMD would have its own 14nm chips – a tough competition for ARM.