back to article Amazon drafts blueprints for its own home router, IoT gateway ARM chips

Amazon is readying its own ARM-compatible processors to power home routers, Wi-Fi hotspots, and network-attached storage boxes. The Alpine system-on-chips were designed by Annapurna Labs, a fabless biz founded in 2011. It is based in San Jose, California, and Israel, and was bought by Amazon in early 2015 for about $350m. The …


    It isn't clear to me how these are 'better' than generic chips from the usual suspects?

    Surely some off-the-shelf SoC will be cheaper?

  2. Chris Evans

    ARM-compatible... missleading

    ARM-compatible suggests either all their own design or that they have an 'ARM architectural licence' (like Apple). Later in the article it mentions "seem to be dual or quad-core Cortex-A15" if that is true it is not ARM-compatible it IS an ARM core!

    1. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      Re: ARM-compatible... missleading

      You're reading into it too much. I use the term ARM-compatible deliberately because ARM did not design this chip - just the core. The SoC is ARM-compatible, but not ARM-designed.


  3. Peter 26

    New era for domestic routers

    I've always gone out and bought the latest fastest domestic routers and installed tomato on it, but the power has always been lacking. I have considered building my own out of a PC, but object to the power usage and build cost for this just to get basic things like decent VPN speed.

    I hope this is a sign of a new era of non-shitty domestic routers.

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