Originally Posted by backtomac
That's an interesting point you bring up.
It makes sense to me. If you think about it from the standpoint of running your own business would you want your future high speed port of choice only hooking up to a fraction of your products.
Maybe that's why Apple can't use use TB in its iDevices that run on ARM cpus. Maybe the iPhone and iPad will get Atom cpus when they are fabbed at the 22 nm process node.
I can't ever see Apple going intel for the portable I/O devices.
It sounds crazy but from what I've read, Atom at 22 nm will be a real competitor to ARM cpus. If Intel use their process advantage against ARM they may be able make cpus that ARM can't match in terms of performance and low power consumption.
Competitive with three year old ARM tech. Mind you ARM tech built on older processes. If ARM cores only 500 miiliamps at 45 or 60 nm just imagine what happens at 28nm! One of the reasons I kinda believe that Apples A5X is real is that Apple may be able to double performance at around the same power profile. Intel has recently switched to Imagination GPUs in the latest ATOM chips and is running them very fast (600 to 800MHz, memory is getting old so ball park figures. In any event it gives us something to speculate about on A6/A5X.
Its easy to right off Intel in this area as they haven't done anything special so far. But they could be about to change.
Sure they could, in fact I think they need to be aggressive here. In the end though ARM solutions are very attractive. Intel could see a good portion of their business dry up if the industry shift even more towards ARM so Intel certainly to eton the ball.