Intel Strikes Back

Intel is striking back at the ARMed ecosystem two ways:

  1. “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.”

    see Intel aims another barrel at ARM with synthesizable, ultra-low-power Quark

  2. “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.

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3 Responses to Intel Strikes Back

  1. It’s just called Linux. Not “GNU/Linux.” The latter name is nothing more than Stallman being butthurt over the fact that Linus succeeded where he failed.

  2. Agent_Smith wrote, “fan less Corei5 and Corei7”

    Those CPUs used to run ~50 watts, say at 35nm, but at 14nm, two steps of Moore’s Law, the power could easily be less than 10 watts, close to fanless. I agree that ARM can beat them in power-consumption but eventually Moore’s Law will eliminate significant differences in power-consumption between the two architectures. That doesn’t mean that Intel won’t always be higher priced than ARM. More silicon and bloat costs more money.

  3. Agent_Smith says:

    Hahahahahahah, yeah, right, fan less Corei5 and Corei7. Hum Hum, right.

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