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Intel says it will out-perform all ARM chips

by Scott Bicheno on 17 February 2010, 19:12

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Taking on the world

With so many chip makers talking-up their latest high-performance offerings at MWC 2010, chip giant Intel was under pressure to deliver a riposte.

We spoke to one of the heads of its mobile business - Pankaj Kedia (pictured) - and asked him about the latest developments in its low-power processor roadmap. "We will surprise everyone," he said. "We will out-perform ARM chips hands-down, and we will have better graphics on Moorestown than anything else."

Right now Intel is demonstrating devices running on its Moorestown chip, which will be launched in Q2, and the emphasis is on its raw performance and that the Internet was originally designed for x86 (PC) processors rather than ARM-based ones. "The smartphone is coming to Intel - the smartphone is a mobile PC," said Kedia. "On process technology we are ahead of everyone by at least a year."

However, Kedia stressed that Moorestown is just stage one in Intel's mobile chip strategy. "It starts with Moorestown," he said. "This is a big deal for us, but Rome wasn't built in a day." The next stage for Intel is Medfield, which will be the first low-power chip to be made on the 32nm process.

Regarding the Internet, Kedia claimed you can only access the "full Internet" on Intel chips. "Flash support is not news for us," he said. "If it works on the PC it works." Kedia identified popular Facebook games like Farmville as something that will only run on Intel chips. "Consumers want the same Internet no matter what device, so if you want the same Internet, you need the performance," he concluded.

 

 

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“Outperform” is a rather loaded statement when it comes to mobile computing. Exactly what is Intel going to outperform ARM on? For instance, historically x86 has always delivered better raw performance over ARM, but the battery rarely lasts the day with x86, and it would on ARM. The ‘news’ is uselessly ambiguous.
I would really disagree with that.

When the strongARM first came it out it was FAR faster than the x86 at the most commonly used type of arithmetic instructions. If you think of those that would be used for browsing the net, or office use, it was un-doubtedly faster, whilst using MUCH less power. Iirc the strongARM had a tiny heatsink, no fan needed of course.

The thing is when doing an apples to oranges like this it is easy for both sides to claim they out perform at certain types of operation.

The question really is, do intel mean Performance Per Whatt!
I was talking raw performance, not clock for clock. But ++ to that too.
If MS did a build of W7 for ARM chips Intel would be in serious trouble in the netbook business - as it is ARM have dominated mobile for years. I have a little dream of a tegra 2 + multi core ARM + hybrid eink/lcd + W7 tablet..
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If MS did a build of W7 for ARM chips Intel would be in serious trouble in the netbook business - as it is ARM have dominated mobile for years. I have a little dream of a tegra 2 + multi core ARM + hybrid eink/lcd + W7 tablet..

Compiling W7 for ARM would be a huge project!!! Not to mention the compatibility nightmare with all the applications people would expect to run on Windows but now wouldn't… MS would have to do ARM builds of Office, Works etc as well and set up a whole developer relationship for 3rd party software.

About as much chance of it happening as there is of it turning out that Elvis and Lord Lucan are alive, leading the Illuminati and with ET assistance taking over the world in 14 seconds.

:surrender:

More likely IMHO we'll see Windows Mobile 7 (that's built for ARM already) running on tablets as well as phones, sort of like what some have tried to do with Android. Wonder if there will be an X86 build of WM7 for Moorestown?