Originally Posted by jnjnjn
Note that Apple too sold its share of ARM.
A legitimate point. But also keep in mind Apple doesn't make CPUs for a living, Intel does :)
Originally Posted by derekmorr
Intel has teased some specs for the next Atom SoC, the Z2580. It's supposed to be dual-core at 1.3 GHz (bursting to 1.8 GHz), with an SGX 544MP2 GPU at 533 MHz. It'll still be on the 32nm process, though. Anandtech did a writeup a few months ago: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5592/intel-atom-z2580-z2000
Some concerns from http://www.anandtech.com/show/5770/lava-xolo-x900-review-the-first-intel-medfield-phone/2
"In addition, if the platform gets too hot, the display brightness will be clamped to 50%"
"For one, Flash 11 isn’t available for the X900, and throws an error in the market. The device does come preloaded running Flash 10.3 however, which gets the job done although is a bit dated. In addition, although Netflix would download, the installer would throw a ‘package file invalid’ error upon install. This is what leads me to think there’s some APK interception in the cloud and perhaps translation up there, and Netflix DRM not translating, but that’s speculation. Other than this, everything else I encountered works flawlessly, I wager your average Android user wouldn't be able to tell that this is running on a completely different architecture."
So for 2012 it looks like x86 Android is an interesting proposition, and could eat up Android share of ARM. But nothing Apple "can't ignore" this year at least.
I remain of the opinion, Intel might be able to pull it off in 2013-2015, whereby Apple using Intel in iOS would be the vindication for Intel.
Given ARM's roadmap as well and Apple's custom ARM designs, it's a fairly lofty goal for Intel.
I admit thanks to the posters here, I am less dismissive about x86 phones and tablets, but remain skeptical.
It is interesting to note as well than Intel has not only got to climb uphill here but carry the bag of rocks that is Android, and the broken horse-cart that is Windows 8. I'm not saying there's no place for Android and Windows8, but delivering the user experience Intel wants, yet being dependent on Android and Windows 8, is a burden in several ways. Not to mention Android and Windows 8 will be seen as the non-Apple "more affordable" market, so anyone using Intel chips will want those chips at low, low prices... which Intel will do to the point of, or beyond, illegality. But that would let Intel corner the bottom-end of the smartphone and tablet market, which is not a great place to be. Tough times ahead, luckily Intel has the money in the bank with Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge.
Still, it would be a whole bunch less of a headache if Intel just fabbed ARM for elite clients.
Edited by nvidia2008 - 5/14/12 at 11:17pm