Intel rejects ARM but chases low-power
Intel is chasing low-power. As the archetypal chaser of speed, this transformation is not unlike a Frenchman saying he’s a one-woman guy.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini made it official at an investor conference this week, saying that Intel will aim for a mid-point power consumption of 15W for laptop ICs compared to today’s 35W.
Otellin slapped down any suggestions Intel will make ARM architecture processors. It is relying for low-power on its move to Finfets at 22nm.
22nm Finfet-based Atoms called Silvermont will be out next year, and 14nm versions of Atom called Airmont will be out in three years.
Intel said that Windows 8, which will run on ARM as well as Intel processors, will run better on x86 because Intel has a team at Microsoft ‘working deep within the OS’ to facilitate new features, and because on Intel the applications will be backwards compatible.
While Intel does not make any money from tablet or mobile phone ICs, Otellini says the company makes money from their explosive growth because it sells chips to server manufacturers and one new server has to be installed for every 600 smartphones or 122 tablets.
Otellini said Intel was working on re-inventing the Pc – but many would say that’s already been done – it’s called iPad.
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