2010 is officialy the year of ARM. They have a deal with Global Foundries to produce at 28 nm by the 2H 2010, in plenty of time for Christmas…
This is not just about mobile, folks. Sure, they can bring about increased performance and insane battery life, but these processors will do justice in thin clients, all-in-one PCs, smartphones, netbooks and compact PCs whose time has come. We no longer need full towers or part towers or mini-towers. These things will be small enough to fit in a mouse or a similar size package that can hold RAM, lots of RAM. Nothing prevents the stick of RAM from holding the CPU, doing away with a CPU socket in small systems. Nothing prevents the RAM, CPU, video etc all going into the display or keyboard.
ATX could be deprecated… except for non-racked servers and specialized video production set-ups.
Did I mention these things are small? At 28 nm the cores will be half the size of their 40 nm devices which are very competitive with Atom. Running GNU/Linux instead of that other OS, these new ARM CPUs will kick Atom with that other OS out of the park.