Originally Posted by aplnub
Designs like this CPU scare intel because imagine what they are doing for notebook cpu's that we haven't seen...
I sometimes wonder about this... The x86 started out as a CISC CPU, but in recent iterations they have added RISC capability to gain speed and processing power. As I understand it, Intel processors include 1 or more decoders where the x86 CISC instructions are decoded into RISC instructions, which are then executed giving the speed and power benefits of RISC.
I wonder if it is possible to preprocess the x86 binaries with some kind of SIFT application giving RISC-only binaries.
MSFT has ported much of Office to run on their ARM Surface RT tablets. UI issues aside, it should be relatively easy to port Office 2013, to an ARM chip like the A6 (or follow-on) running in laptop or a desktop.
It would seem that Apple has a lead here, in that they already have [most of] OS X, their desktop OS, running on ARM.
To state it bluntly: What would be the impact if Apple could offer an OSX ARM Laptop that only runs only the MS Office Suite -- no other legacy Wintel apps? Would Office alone satisfy the needs of a majority of Windows users.
Of course, I assume the hardware would run OS X ARM -- likely, Apple already has full OS X running on ARM. Then OS X developers, with a simple recompile, could convert their OS X apps to ARM. In a similar way, iOS developers could recompile their apps (if necessary) to run in a window on OSX ARM.
Here's the thing... I am not sure that this is the best way to go. The success of the iPad makes me wonder if we need to abandon the "complexity" of the desktop OS (multiple overlapping windows, massive multitasking, etc.) in favor of a more simpler iPad-like approach... Say, add a Finder-like capability, a few background tasks, optional 2-up apps (windows)?