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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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Thu 9th Sep 2010 19:37 UTC
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Stop thinking desktop.

Put this in a phone / tablet without freakin’ Windows and you will have something faster, more productive, more fluid and responsive than 10 years of x86 + Microsoft.

Yeah, Intel should be worried because x86 hardware sucks. The x86 tablets are laggy as crap (Intel graphics). Battery sucks. Heat sucks. Software sucks even more.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Flatland_Spider on Fri 10th Sep 2010 05:11 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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No one has focused x86 on the ARM market other then Via, and Via hasn't delivered or has fallen short.

We'll have to see what AMD's Bobcat architecture brings to the table. It looks to be a very interesting architecture, and it could be a better competitor then Atom.

x86 has a lot inertia due to years of software development, and that inertia isn't going to dissipate anytime soon. ARM has inertia too, but I don't think it can be a real x86 competitor until there are reasonably priced desktop boards on Newegg. The power of getting technology to the masses really can't be understated.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by bnolsen on Sun 12th Sep 2010 04:42 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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Won't matter. The die space just to decode x86 is even itself comparable with many entire ARM cores available. With silicon based transistors starting to play out regarding frequency and size scaling there's no way x86 will ever be able to touch arm on the power side.

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