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9/23/2010 07:19 PM EDT
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vivekv80
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vivekv80   9/24/2010 5:26:23 PM
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Intel has learnt from their Larrabee debacle and the Knights line from Intel is expected to outperform Nvidia GPUs. Even AMD is on the right track with its Bulldozer and Bobcat lines coming out next year. Will be interesting to watch this space when Intel, AMD and Nvidia are against each other in the HPC segment. ARM cores can be successful only in the mobile segment.. (Intel has already tried their best but still floundering)

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selinz   9/24/2010 4:26:33 PM
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While I do agree that smaller, more portable devices are the future, palm size is simply too small to do anything productive on. While I can do some web surfing and adjust the gamma on a just snapped pictures, for most stuff a palm sized device just won't cut it. And BTW, nice post Vince!

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VincePG   9/24/2010 7:55:12 AM
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Is Jen-Hsun staring in a Silicon Valley remake of the “Last Emperor? As Intel, Samsung and all the other CPU superpowers who hold all the significant sockets create hybrid devices with increasingly powerful and sufficient graphics carve up the world, leaving Nvidia the role of paper tiger making bold claims of superiority and the ultimate demise of the rest of the world... Meanwhile cloistered behind the shrinking walls of their Forbidden City of High End graphics, though courtiers reassuring that someday the markets will come begging for Nvidia technology, they end up but a eunuch carrying their chips in a jar as they are evicted from the market. The problem with graphics chips is once you reach a certain level of performance the leading edge becomes a theoretical game, not a mass marketable product. At that point any competent integrator can take the best part of your business, leaving you with no competitive edge and only theoretical profits.

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jimcondon   9/23/2010 11:56:46 PM
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With the announcements that Intel made at IDF about Tunnel Creek and WiDi, if I was ARM, I would be counting my eggs before they are hatched. While ARM is winning in the handheld and tablet markets, Intel is marching in hard, and with technologies like WiDi, I can see a handheld that wirelessly connects to your display, keyboard and printer, allowing for your phone to transform in your PC with out a docking station. How's that for the future, pretty cool huh?

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Duane Benson   9/23/2010 10:24:31 PM
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Intel is diving straight at the new generations of high-performance ARM processors with the Atom. I think it's a pretty safe bet that in a decade or so the desktop as we know it will be relegated to specialized applications and ultra high-performance niches. Whether the next broad-based consumer/office compute platform will be a tablet or a smart phone is still up in the air. Tablets are pretty handy, but they don't fit in your pocket. A smart phone that wirelessly connects to whatever display and input device you might want to use, and can still be used stand-alone, will be able to cover a substantial percentage of generic computing needs. One of the gating factors in my mind is the future of operating systems. OSs have bloated to fill the available processing capacity since forever. If that trend continues, the big high-powered personal computer will live on. If on the other hand, OS bloat peaks sometime soon, then we can have a race between ARM coming up from the bottom and Intel dropping down from the high-end to capture the small form-factor compute platform. ARM is doing some amazing things in improving performance per watt but I wouldn't count Intel out.

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Warren3   9/23/2010 10:14:34 PM
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I believe he predicted the demise of DELL, HP, and IBM (all "old" OEM's)and not just Intel. Let's hear JHH say he wants a "lesser relationship" with those three and see how things go for big green.

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KB3001   9/23/2010 8:54:52 PM
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It is understandable for NVidia to claim that ARM will bury X86 PCs as Intel/AMD are both launching X86 processors with graphics cores wich could well bury their main market segment :-) The reality is that the jury is still out and Intel is far from being buried...

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eewiz   9/23/2010 8:30:45 PM
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I guess everyone is pretty confident that 10-20 years from now, the main computing device used by a person will be his handheld/tablet(where ARM has have an upperhand) instead of a laptop/desktop. But again the computing model is shifting to a thinclient - Cloudserver model, And x86 based servers are getting popular. So I dont think x86 PCs will be totally buried. Further, with OS like Android, which is not tightly linked to CPU architecture, MIPS/x86 CPUs also have a chance at capturing the new market.

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