Setback for Atom vs ARM

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. Intel’s deal with TSMC, allowing the latter to build custom chips around
    Atom CPUs, is on hold due to “lack of customer demandâ€
    <http://blogs.zdnet.com/Foremski/?p=1187>.

    Don’t take it as a given that Atom will be able to make much more headway
    against ARM. It’s costing Intel maybe an order of magnitude more to design
    and fabricate x86 chips than it does ARM and its licensees to make their
    chips. And they’ve already got the volume advantage on their side. So Intel
    has an uphill struggle, plus it’s hampered by the burden of x86
    compatibility, which it still seems to think is some kind of advantage. (If
    you don’t need to run Windows, then there’s no advantage.)
     
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Feb 26, 2010
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