[Battlemesh] Atheros chips [was: 802.11ac improvements]

Ferry Huberts mailings at hupie.com
Fri Feb 26 02:11:13 CET 2016

On 26/02/16 01:43, Juliusz Chroboczek wrote:
>> https://wikidevi.com/wiki/Qualcomm_Atheros
> Thanks, interesting link.
> Could somebody who understands this stuff explain the logic behind their
> SoC cores?  The .11n design use single-core 24K and 74K MIPS chips, while
> the single .11ac design uses quad-core Cortex-A7.

Usual answer: cost cost cost

Normal tactics are: fast design that is 'a bit more expensive than 
perhaps wanted' to grab market share, then do a cost reduction to 
actually make some money.

I was in SoC design and cost was basically the only thing that _really_ 

Just look at some products: v1 is perhaps ARM and v2 suddenly is MIPS 
(as an example) in the _same_ product.
Technically completely different, but marketing wise the same.

> Why the switch to ARM, and why the quad-core Cortex-A7 instead of
> a single- or dual-core Cortex-A9, which would probably give better
> performance with a simpler design?
> (I know, I know, I'm an old man and don't get this multi-core goodness.)
> -- Juliusz
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Ferry Huberts

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