Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Oct 2012 00:46 UTC
Windows "Taiwanese computer maker Acer is putting off the launch of tablets using Microsoft's new Windows RT operating system to give itself time to see how Microsoft's own Surface tablet fares. The world's No. 4 PC vendor by shipments initially planned to roll out Windows RT tablets based on ARM chips early next year. However, the launch of Microsoft's tablet last week and the mixed reviews it has drawn has prompted Acer to wait and see until at least the second quarter of 2013." Whatever the reason, this doesn't send a very promising message about Windows RT. Or, not entirely unlikely, Acer and other OEMs just can't measure up to Surface RT.
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bassbeast
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Actually I'd say the X86 instruction set is another advantage to Intel, since ARM is having to bolt MORE instructions on, such as ARM64, whereas Intel and AMD can go the other way and begin shaving instructions off. Lets face it, no software in the past 10 years is using the ancient 386 stuff anymore, Intel can drop a LOT of that for the mobile chips and just say "Its a mobile chip, its not designed for legacy, if you have legacy code run one of our desktop chips" which, again if rumor is true, not like I'm gonna try to load Windows 386 onto my netbook to find out, is what AMD has already done with Brazos and Hondo, dropping some of the legacy stuff like 3DNow and the older instructions to make it a lighter powered chip. And if you haven't tried one they did a smashing job, I have office boxes running Brazos and its got great performance and sub 18w under load, just nuts.

And while I don't honestly CARE which "side" wins, as my business is not heavily invested in mobile products, speaking strictly as an outsider and looking at the trends the combo of tick tock, the fabs, and the truly insane levels of IPC are gonna be hard to beat. Just look at the new games companies like Epic are working on for mobile, they are wanting Crysis levels of physics and graphics, you have the TV manufacturers getting ready to start pushing 4K sets, the demands in mobile are simply going nowhere but up. Can ARM possibly find a way to scale without blowing the power budget? Sure anything is possible but so far Nvidia and the other companies haven't found it. Even the ARM Holdings group has been talking about "dark silicon" for its new designs because flipping all the chip on at once would just kill your battery dead.

So in the end its gonna be those insane levels of IPC that decide this thing, and Intel is frankly so damned far ahead of the rest it isn't even funny. Again wish it weren't so, I think having AMD and ARM and maybe even MIPS and PPC in the race would be better for innovation but you look at the benches on the Atom and CULV Core chips and its just insane the amount of performance Intel is getting with less and less power. People want their mobiles to be "gamer rigs in their pockets" and that kind of performance is right up Intel's alley, that is what they do best. Again they could probably shave a good 40%+ of the old instructions off for those mobile chips and not effect any software written in the last 5 years and nobody is gonna be running legacy on a tablet anyway.

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