For decades personal computing and much of the rest of IT has been locked into x86 architecture.“Because of the success in scaling from 20nm SoC to 16nm FinFET, ARM and TSMC have decided to collaborate again for 10FinFET. This early pathfinding work will provide valuable learning to enable physical design IP and methodologies in support of customers to tape-out 10nm FinFET designs as early as the fourth quarter of 2015.” That changed a bit when AMD pushed AMD64 on the world, but the bulk of processors were still sold by Intel. They even paid OEMs to shun AMD. That’s now water under the bridge with ARM developing processors/components of processors that do the job better for small cheap computers and even servers and HPC computers.
It gets even better. ARM and its “partners” are drawing a bead on 10nm which will make ARMed processors even less expensive to produce/operate. This will allow even more processors to be sold for tiny gadgets, mobile gadgets, personal computers and yes, servers and HPC. Of course Intel can do this too, reclaiming some performance leads but Intel will have to go head to head on price/performance, the antithesis of monopoly.
It’s all good for consumers and other users of IT/electronics/gadgets. Now, about the operating systems to run these things…
Ah, poor Wintel. Life was easy back in the day. Now M$ and Intel will have to work for a living.