Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Sep 2010 13:00 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems So, we have Intel and AMD. These guys are doing pretty well in laptops, servers, and of course desktops, but when it comes to mobile devices, they've so far been unable to adapt the x86 architecture to the stricter requirements that come with those devices. ARM, on the other hand, pretty much owns this market at this point. And you know what? It's time for Intel and AMD to get worried - really worried. ARM has just announced its Cortex-A15 MPCore chips - which will reach 2.5Ghz in quad-core configurations.
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RE: Gotta wonder though
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 9th Sep 2010 17:21 UTC in reply to "Gotta wonder though"
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it's been a niche market processor FOREVER

Niche market? I can assure you - more ARM chips are sold than AMD and Intel sell chips combined. In fact, I'd hazard a guess ARM chips outnumber x86 AT LEAST 2-1, maybe even 3 or 4-1.

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RE[2]: Gotta wonder though
by Drumhellar on Thu 9th Sep 2010 17:36 in reply to "RE: Gotta wonder though"
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A niche doesn't necessarily mean small.
All it means is highly specialized and specific to a specific role.

ARM chips are niche products, though, it is a very large/common niche.

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RE[3]: Gotta wonder though
by vivainio on Thu 9th Sep 2010 18:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Gotta wonder though"
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All it means is highly specialized and specific to a specific role.

Modern "superphones" are not much more specialized than desktop PC's.

Lets face it, ARM is a huge player. ARM is starting to challenge Intel on bigger devices, and Intel is starting to challenge ARM on the smaller ones.

My long term bet is on Intel - ARM has owned the market because Intel never tried to compete with them directly (because ARM's "niche" was not that interesting). Currently, that "niche" is the one that has all the future and growth.

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