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A little over a month ahead of a CEO switch at Intel Corp., a co-founder of ARM Holdings, a leading designer of low-power processor architectures, urges the world’s largest chipmaker to make friends with ARM and buy a license to develop chips compatible with ARM architectures or instruction-sets.

"As an ARM shareholder, I recommend Intel to take an ARM license and stop messing about," said Robin Saxby, a co-founder of ARM, at the GSA Entrepreneurship Conference at the British Museum, reports ElectronicsWeekly.com web-site.

Even though Intel dominates the market of personal computers, servers and workstations with its microprocessors and its x86 architecture (used by Intel and AMD), so far it has failed to get any significant share of the rapidly growing smartphones and tablets markets, where ARM architecture holds the lion’s share thanks to energy efficiency of the ARM technology.

Intel is trying to adopt its x86 architecture for low-power devices. A major problem for Intel is that ARM-based chips are currently more energy efficient in their majority compared to x86-based offerings and provide a lot of freedom for companies like Apple, who install their own custom-designed system-on-chips into highly-popular iPhone smartphones and iPad media tablets.

Back in the days, Intel offered StrongARM and Xscale microprocessors based on ARMv4 and ARMv5 instruction-sets, but sold the appropriate division to Marvell Semiconductor in mid-2006. Back then, Intel believed that ARM architecture is not scalable enough in terms of performance. As it turned out, ARM architectures are perfectly scalable, but power consumption of the chips increases along with performance. It is believed that the ARMv8 64-bit architecture will only be insignificantly more power-efficient than comparable x86 offerings based on AMD Jaguar or Intel Silvermont.

It is noteworthy that even AMD recently decided to develop server-class system-on-chips based on ARMv8, just like loads of other companies, including Applied Micro, Calxeda, Nvidia, Samsung, Qualcomm and many other. But Intel just does not want to make friends with ARM, complains the founding CEO of the company.

“We had to turn our enemies into friends, the only enemy we have not turned into a friend is Intel,” said Mr. Saxby.

Tags: ARM, Intel, x86, Silvermont, ARMv8, Cortex, AMD, Atom

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They are morons "Intel" if they do this!
The best thing for Intel to do is to licence & develop Mips cpus & Imaginadtion teach. gpus!!!
This whud be chiper, bether & whud undercut ARM holding!
0 0 [Posted by: Zola  | Date: 03/28/13 04:21:15 AM]
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ARM paraphrase: "We call Intel's Atom bluff".
1 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 03/29/13 02:15:24 AM]
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AMD should start focusing on ARM development. They already lost the war on x86....
1 2 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 03/29/13 03:12:55 AM]
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So very wrong. Temash will be competitive with Clover Trail and Bay Trail.

http://seekingalpha.com/a...ennies-from-tablet-heaven
1 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 03/29/13 04:53:53 AM]
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I hope that Optimism comes true. cause most wishes never happens like what we see at AMD LLANO, Bulldozer and Trinity.


0 0 [Posted by: kailrusha  | Date: 03/29/13 07:04:37 AM]
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Tom Luongo is an idiot, that article of his is worthlesss as an information source.
1 1 [Posted by: Colonel Sanders  | Date: 03/30/13 12:30:46 PM]
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Don't be so sure. There is a huge market in low-cost, not-so-fast APUs esp. in emerging and developing markets. For example, I'm building a very cheap NAS/SAN solution for filesystems R&D based on ITX based boards with A85X chipset (native sata 3 ports - 8 of them), and A4 5300 APU, which has AES-NI acceleration for data encryption and is very powerful for RAID parity calculations, but still running cold and power efficient. The board and CPU cost $140, which is way much cheaper than anything remotely close from Intel if you consider AES-NI and eight SATA 6.0 ports.
1 0 [Posted by: ano69  | Date: 03/30/13 02:39:52 AM]
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Intel are much smarter than that. The release of 14nm Atom SoCs will be a very interesting development for the mobile SoC market, and ARM are quite understandably nervous.
0 1 [Posted by: lol123  | Date: 03/31/13 04:45:27 AM]
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