SoCs offer numerous advantages, including smaller physical dimensions, more efficient power consumption, and component integration with computer systems, making them an excellent choice for mobile device hardware.
FREMONT, CA: Integration defines the fundamental advantages of a system on a chip (SoC). The commercialisation of SoC plays a central role in the introduction and further development of mobile consumer electronics technologies, especially the progress in smartphones, tablets, laptop computers, smart devices, and wearable products. Combining different components with different functionalities in a single chip can bring disadvantages. Suitability for mobile consumer electronic devices and maximising the RISC and ARM architecture benefits are other advantages of SoC.
Suitability for Mobile Consumer Electronic Devices
A considerably reduced footprint is one of the advantages of an SoC. Modern SoCs have physical dimensions ranging from 10 to 15 square millimetres. At the same time, a motherboard has more real estate because it should accommodate separate hardware components of different shapes and sizes.
The smaller physical SoC dimensions made them suitable for portable or mobile consumer electronic devices. The introduction and further advancements in the design and production of these chips led to the introduction and continuous developments of smartphones and tablet computers.
A separate CPU attachable to a motherboard is of the same or larger size than a system on a chip. Therefore, using traditional electronic system architecture on mobile devices is impossible, particularly if the objective is to make these products as portable as possible while making enough space for batteries and other hardware components.
The larger hardware motherboard component requires more energy. Mobile devices rely on batteries. A system on a chip is a solution for designing and developing powerful mobile devices consuming less energy than traditional personal computers. SoCs are more power-efficient as they are in small sizes.
Increases the Benefits of RISC and ARM Architecture
Smartphones and tablet computers are relatively powerful as entry-level to mid-range personal computers. They can perform the same tasks despite having considerably smaller SoCs than traditional hardware components. However, these mobile consumer electronic devices are developed using different technologies.
Mobile devices are primarily in a separate category and domain from traditional personal computers. System on chip utilises and maximises the benefits of reduced instruction set computer (RISC) and ARM architecture. Most traditional computers are built on complex instruction set computers (CISC) and x86 instruction set architectures. These architectures are strong and complex, thereby requiring power-hungry processors. RISK and ARM architectures run smaller and simpler instruction sets to streamline processing.
An SoC has several advantages, including smaller physical dimensions, more efficient power consumption, and the integration of most or all critical computer system components. This makes it a perfect integral hardware for mobile devices. The remarkable performance of these chips results from reduced processing latency caused by the proximity of individual integrated components and better throughput due to the transistor density in a given area. These characteristics have also progressed further in the consumer electronics industry.