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Intel muscles into smartphones, tablets

Bolaji Ojo
1/11/2012 11:23 PM EST

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kdboyce
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kdboyce   1/12/2012 12:45:28 AM
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Playing through and playing where the ball lies takes on new meaning if your lab is next to a golf course.

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_hm   1/12/2012 2:04:56 AM
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Intel should have first tried with Tablet market. Also this is very low margin business. How long Intel will like it?

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daleste   1/12/2012 3:13:22 AM
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Yes, it is very low margin. And it is also very demanding. But is it high volume. Look at the companies that walked away from this business, Freescale and TI. Intel has a lot of cash, but this may be more than they have the stomach to invest in.

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Charles.Desassure   1/12/2012 5:05:06 PM
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Wow! This is great news. More power.

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chipmonk0   1/12/2012 5:31:28 PM
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This is trench warfare ( attrition ), Intel has to get into smartphones and tablets not to make same level of profit as for CPUs but to deny upstarts ARM and TSMC future viability. Even if it takes $ 20 billion and 5 years to get there it would be well worth it for the future of Intel. They have the money in the bank for such a strategy. Technologies like finFET and low power dissipation transistors and architectures are the foundation for it. Once Intel brings out Medfield at 20 nm later this year, it will be very hard for system builders now tied to fabless processor vendors ( who get their chips made by TSMC, now 2 nodes behind Intel ) or even integrated vendors ( Samsung ), to ignore it.

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emerson1   1/12/2012 7:37:04 PM
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AMD is winner here too! this will prepare the software/developer battlefield so to speak, for other x86 chipsets for mobile to enter as well.

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chanj0   1/12/2012 10:44:57 PM
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The consumer gets to choose who's the winner. If Intel doesn't fail to deliver a comparable power saving product to any ARM based product, Intel might have a chance. Otherwise, how many people are going to buy it? Another factor would be the availability of apps and, in particular, free apps. I am happy to see more competition. At the end, consumers win. ;)

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bigdada1   1/12/2012 10:50:49 PM
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It's a lower margin business. It made no sense to use advanced technologies for the purpose of lower power consumption. 22 nm nodes' will be at least 40% more expensive than 32nm and 14 nm would be even much more when EUV litho kicks in. They should run the PC/server CPUs on new technology nodes and use the older generation technology at depreciated fabs to run lower margin products. Why can't Intel push the design architecture to get lower power same as ARM?

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ibm221   1/13/2012 12:01:41 AM
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Paul Otellini here looks like a humble high school kid, waiting to see his class project get approved. how ironic...

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resistion   1/13/2012 2:58:32 AM
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Intel's 14 nm will be more expensive because of multi-patterning (EUV not ready for 14 nm). 22 nm is not cheap either.

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