Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 20:13 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Ah, the ARM chip. ARM is a hugely successful architecture, and can be found in just about every cell phone or other small device out there. ARM, however, wants more, and for a long time now we've been hearing predictions about an upcoming massive rise in ARM netbooks - so far, this hasn't materialised. Warren East, ARM's CEO, said in an interview with PC Pro that netbooks could one day make up 90% of the laptop market - preferably powered by ARM processors of course.
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ARM: Transmeta REDUX!
by MasterBlaster on Fri 5th Feb 2010 15:17 UTC
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A fabless semiconductor company develops an advanced architecture focused on the low-power, embedded segment of the CPU market. They make grandiose claims about performance and battery life and assert future market dominance. Within three years this ambitious company has been crushed by AMD/Intel on a pure cost and technological basis. The failure of Transmeta came despite their possession of an x86 license which enabled the entire Windows world to "run" (modulo some embarrasing compatibility issues) on their CPUs.

So basically, this is the ARM story with a slightly different cast of characters but with the added handicap of *no* x86 license.

I give ARM another year until Intel dismembers them with the new 32-nm Atoms gaining market traction and by the release of the 22-nm Atoms which will have even better power/performance metrics.

ARM'ed with this knowledge please make wise investing and techology selection choices/predictions ;)

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