Intel is striking back at the ARMed ecosystem two ways:
- “The Quark design is fully synthesizable, with extension points to allow customers to integrate their own functional blocks onto Quark SoCs. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich also said that although Intel would prefer that Quark chips (including those with custom, third-party blocks) be built on Intel’s own fabs, Quark will in time be buildable by third parties.”
- “Krzanich also talked up Haswell-Y chips during his keynote, demonstrating a new HP laptop that has a processor using just 4.5 Watts of power, which is available as fanless Core i5 and Core i7 parts.”
Intel CEO talks up 14nm Haswell successor, Broadwell at IDF
So, Moore’s Law marches on and Intel is figuring out how to do what ARM does… but Moore’s Law works for ARM as well and ARM certainly knows how to do what ARM does so expect fierce competition on performance for years to come. Now, about that price… Can Intel compete on price? The world is wanting small and cheap PCs not just small PCs. Combined with FLOSS, Intel’s latest moves should make products using Intel more competitive but ARM still has a lead and huge advantages for emerging markets which made the glory-days of Wintel seem pale.