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DrChip
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re: Intel targets smartphones with new Atom chips
DrChip   5/10/2010 3:43:13 PM
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The old Wintel monopoly drove the last 2 decades of computers. In a similar way, software aps will dictate who will win the consumer handheld battles. Apple is having great success here although it sounds like others are catching on. In the near term, power deltas between the hardware make them somewhat indistinguishable. In the long term, the active power component of the CPU will drive down battery life as users increase their demands on performance*time. This will make x86 less competitive as it cannot compete with risc perf/watt. Intel needs to gain market share before this becomes obvious to consumers or they will never be a major player.

rick merritt
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re: Intel targets smartphones with new Atom chips
rick merritt   5/6/2010 7:11:00 PM
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I'd love to see any comparisons of how Moorestown compares with other smartphone SOCs.

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re: Intel targets smartphones with new Atom chips
Johnxhf   5/6/2010 12:33:02 AM
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It is rational and predictable of Intel's comeback. Many people may put down to the high consumption for change-hands of Xscale. But if we reverse to several years ago, the smartphone was totally different as of today. The market for mutimedia and smart was not muture enough and the demand was flagging. Even there was no mobilephone company that can put the strong capability of computing into application. Xscale was ultimately abandoned by Intel as a "premature child". Nowaday smartphone is actually a computer that happens to make a phone call.

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re: Intel targets smartphones with new Atom chips
markhahn0   5/5/2010 9:27:41 PM
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it's all about power. ARM has a lot of mindshare because it has a great history of power-efficiency, so the real question is how well Atom compares.

rick merritt
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re: Intel targets smartphones with new Atom chips
rick merritt   5/5/2010 8:15:29 PM
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Is the 45nm Atom ready for smartphones? What do you think?



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