Originally Posted by Zoolook
Afterall, Intel have spent more than 10 years trying to get a decent GPU out of the door, and still haven't managed that!
Been playing DC Universe Online on my Samsung Series 7 Slate with a low end Core i5 with Intel GMA 2000 for the past month. It's kinda choppy I agree... now on the other hand, I was playing the same game on my Core i7 2600K with GMA 3000 and the frame rate was high enough to outperform the projector it was connected to.
Oh... in case you aren't entirely clueless, Intel doesn't design the GPU in the Atom, they license it from the same exact guys that Intel uses for the A4 and A5. Same cores too.
So, while I'd love to agree with you, I think you're maybe bantering about how things used to be. Don't get me wrong, the GMA 3000 is nothing compared to the high end NVidia and ATI cards, but it's actually pretty damn good. I have seen a demo of Ivy Bridge's GMA as well and I think your argument is pretty much shot to hell. Now the point you do make in the end is "ARM better watch out" because Intel chugged along on the graphics side for 13 years and while they might not have caught up completely, they have produced a GPU that is more than good enough to ignore add on cards unless you need super high frame rates. ARM should watch out because Intel has been chugging along catching up little by little and if this generation of Atom is "Good enough" as the ARM boss says, we have to recognize that it wasn't that long ago he was saying "Intel is no threat because they'll never be able to pull it off". The next thing he'll be saying is "Well, you should buy ARM because we're not Intel".
ARM has a strong position and won't be losing customers to Intel so long as companies like TI, NVidia and Qualcomm are able to make their own custom chips by licensing ARM cores where with Intel they'd have to buy the chips. But, for vendors that don't want ARM for the many various reasons that x86 is nicer than ARM (don't start, works the other way around too) now they have the choice to go with Intel. Contrary to many peoples whinings, Intel actually does treat their customers really well and frankly, their engineering support and free reference designs make them a pleasure to do business with.