There was a lot more than Motorola (Pre-PPC/PPC Prototype the Brick in Multiprocessor layout) and Intel. There was HP PA-RISC and SPARC 5/10. ARM is just the latest, after PPC. We used to brand NeXTSTEP 3.3 as Quad-FAT.
Oprah also gave away the VW Beetle before she retired. That gift was like giving away an iPhone and iPad latest to her audience. Either way, the host couldn't give a rat's behind what they're giving away, so long as you're paying them.
If you think Samsung exclusively stamps out A-series SoC's you're delusional. TSMC, Samsung, GloFlo are all partners with ARM who together designed this 28nm, now 20nm/16nm FinFET system. SemiAccurate has a better presentation on what's going on. http://semiaccurate.com/2014/03/03/6-core-16nm-finfet-arm-cortex-a57-chips-spotted-wild/
This report update from the consortium in NY at Malta is very reassuring:
It's quite a technical article that is light on background, but heavy on charts.
Apple can easily purchase AMD, if it so chooses. Apple can easily become an OEM vendor for AMD and with both having ARM licenses [especially Apple having access to all ARM IP] could start stamping out AMD APU Excavator based solutions. The only caveat is THUNDERBOLT.
Right, because smartphone glass is the leading profit center for Corning. Not. In reality, a composite of both Gorilla and Sapphire is an optimal solution for Apple. Corning going after Sapphire is just stupid from a partnership situation, never mind useless fodder when they don't disclose the carbon footprint of their own assembly processes, across the board, comparing them to Sapphire Glass.