“CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom, and SAN JOSE, Calif., April 4, 2013 Â Fulfilling the promise of performance and power scaling at 16 nanometer, ARM (LSE: ARM; Nasdaq: ARMH) and Cadence (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced details behind their collaboration Â to implement the first ARMÂ® CortexÂ®-A57 processor on TSMCâ€™s 16-nanometer (nm) FinFET manufacturing process. The test chip was implemented using the complete Cadence RTL-to-signoff flow, Cadence Virtuoso custom design platform, ARM ArtisanÂ® standard cell libraries and TSMCâ€™s memory macros. “Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
see ARM and Cadence Partner to Implement Industryâ€™s First Cortex-A57 64-bit Processor on TSMC 16nm FinFET Process
Thus, the final stage of the fall of Wintel is on the horizon. It is possible that shortly OEMs of all kinds will be able to deploy similar ARM technology on everything in IT from controllers, to smartphones to servers with the same Linux kernel. This means immense transfers of technology will be developed globally and implemented rapidly by organizations large and small for every purpose. No longer will one or two companies dictate to the world what can and cannot be done in IT. Certainly it is the death of Wintel as a monopoly. Wintel at best will be just one option among many:
|ARM||controllers, smart thingies, desktops/notebooks, servers, super-computers||few notebooks/smart thingies|
|x86/amd64||super-computers, servers, desktops/notebooks||legacy desktops/notebooks, servers|
While Intel will surely have a role in the future of all IT, profits are sure to be reduced as Moore’s Law cannot eclipse the advantages of ARM and the cost of development, production and operation of x86 will always be higher than ARM. M$ will have revenue capped and probably cut by more than half. Within a few years every human on the planet will know they have a choice and M$ and Intel will have to compete on price/performance. Gone will be the days when either of them was the default choice. IT has outgrown being locked in a dark closet of exclusive deals.