The announcement also marks the unexpected entry of Texas Instruments in the growing ARM server market. After losing out to rivals like Qualcomm and Nvidia, TI late last year said it was moving away from the development of low-power chips for smartphones and tablets, and would concentrate on the embedded and microcontroller markets. However, TI's mobile chips are still being used in a few devices like Amazon's latest Kindle Fire tablets.
ARM processors today are largely 32-bit, and the company has announced 64-bit processors which will become available in servers starting next year. The 64-bit ARMv8 architecture is being adopted for server chip makers like AppliedMicro, Nvidia, Calxeda, Samsung and AMD.