Linked by David Adams on Wed 18th May 2011 03:11 UTC
Intel Intel has showed a prototype smartphone based on its low-power Medfield processor and said Intel-based phones from "major players" would be in the market next year. Intel has struggled to get its chips into smartphones and tablets, markets that are dominated today by processor designs from Intel's U.K. rival ARM Holdings.
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To Little - To late
by shotsman on Wed 18th May 2011 07:19 UTC
shotsman
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2005-07-22

IMHO, this move by Intel is directly aimed at Microsoft.It is (again IMHO) a attempt to get MS not to move to ARM.
Having only a single core CPU is also a failure.

I expect one or two Phone makers to put a toe in the water buy with the architectural freedom that the ARM model gives them I hardly think that this will succeed.
As for the quote 'we will have to pay ARM royalties for every CPU we make'. I had to laugh.
Didn't Intel read the small print on the contract when they signed up for the ARM license? WTF?
Anyways, I hardly think that the small ARM fees per CPU would matter if Intelr were making millions of them in a Fab that might othewise been standing empty & unused.
Fail for obvious reasons.

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RE: To Little - To late
by jgagnon on Wed 18th May 2011 12:28 in reply to "To Little - To late"
jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

A single core x86 wouldn't be a failure if it outperforms a dual-core ARM, which is entirely possible (even probable). Intel won't have to match ARM in power efficiency, they just have to significantly beat them in performance while being close (within 20%, I'd say). I fully expect ARM will make significant performance enhancements over the coming years as well, so I don't expect an "Intel landslide". But ARM will have to do more than just add cores to compete on performance. nVidia is on the right track with ARM and I see them as a major player going forward.

As for Intel's ARM license, they've had it for years and have used it in the past. There is simply no good reason to use it again since they have the capability to compete with it in this new "low powered" world that mobile devices are creating. Intel is an innovation machine when they want to be and I have no doubt they want the low power mobile market like they do the desktop/laptop market. We'll see how well they perform, so to speak.

Your repeated fail comment is a little premature.

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RE[2]: To Little - To late
by fran on Wed 18th May 2011 13:58 in reply to "RE: To Little - To late"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

Not really.
Intel has the infrastructure and is planning to enter the foundry business in a ala TSMC model. Rumours is it's vying to build Apples next generation Ax series ARM processors.
It's R&D is pretty strong with external partnerships and research sponsoring of new technologies. Consumers don't really like patents I know but some bleeding edge technology will Inevitably have Intel's name on it.

We wont really see this soon as we know they have billions tied in to fabs of 22nm and up and coming 14nm processes.
Only way we are going to see a real expediting of new technologies is when shareholder is forced to write the some fabrication plants faster and push these new technologies which will probable happen sooner or later i guess.

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RE: To Little - To late
by vivainio on Wed 18th May 2011 19:02 in reply to "To Little - To late"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

IMHO, this move by Intel is directly aimed at Microsoft.It is (again IMHO) a attempt to get MS not to move to ARM.


Microsoft doesn't really care about the architecture, or even operating system on their phones, as long as they can run the .net / silerlight runtime.

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RE[2]: To Little - To late
by shmerl on Wed 18th May 2011 19:49 in reply to "RE: To Little - To late"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

They care. They get paid for licenses.

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