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While most of you probably enjoyed taking the day off this past Monday, which was a federal holiday, Vice President and Distinguished Engineer for Amazon Web Services, James Hamilton, was penning a blog post about how by the second half of 2012 we will have a low power ARM chip capable of 64-bit processing. That matters because many data centers require 64-bit processing capability, and the standard 32-bit processing found on ARM designs had been viewed as somewhat insufficient. While the debate will rage on about whether ARM has a real chance to disrupt Intel’s dominance of the server market, it’s noteworthy that someone like Hamilton is so interested and focused on the prospects for ARM, pointing out that Applied Micro Devices already has a 64-bit ARM build in development right now. Amazon has massive purchasing power in the server market because of the size of AWS, and there is no doubt that ARM chips will get a thorough shot in its data centers.

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