Very good point. Yet, do not take for granted the huge influence of power in the mobile ecosystem. Some of the most promising and successful mobile devices have good power budgets. You can have great graphics, etc, yet, the device must be ON before you can do anything.
Absolutely, I do not see one single advantage of having a desktop. I am expecting Dell or co to get me a foldable monitor that can help me expand my laptop in case I need to see a bigger screen. If you have that, there is no need for desktop
I hope this can bring advantages rather than higher cost to mobile market and if we try to figure out this newest ideas are additional features to mobile but also it will be nicer to consider the cost. - KSA Kosher
"According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Qualcomm commands 100% of the mobile device processor market in U.S. Is that true?"
They started 2013 with around 56%?? market share in multicore processors and baseband processors for handsets and mobile devices. It was reported to grow in 1H 2013 to about 85%??. It is difficult to assume Intel loosing it's 8.5% market share from 1Q to now.
The numbers vary depending on the sources and my memory is not too good with this kind of figures.
@Zewde, "Features have replaced power as the key differentiator in the processor market" Depending on the target market segment, I guess. From people near by I've seen that graphics and phisics simulation capacity dominate when games playing is the primary role for the device, being battery live the second one. For e-Readers it seems that battery live dominates and CPU power/performance is not key factor.
Could you please number the features you've seen becoming key differentiator? Thanks.
@Janine, "No one wants to be chained to a desk anymore".
I agree with you, specially with current day mobile PCs. I use two mobile PCs, one is a now old (and really HEAVY! not-so-mobile PC) DELL XPS M1730 which is almost always laying on my desk and still serves well at FPGA synthesis and PCB layout. The other is a relatively new i7 based mobile PC (this one is very light) which supports everything I need to do my job and can go with me almost any where I go. It has almost the same power as the 'big' one and 1/5th of its weight. When not in my desk I simply connect remotely to the 'big' one and the 'scope (has ethernet connection) with the 'small' one.
No one wants to be chained to a desk anymore. And, what you can do with a notebook or tablet has significantly eroded the advantages of a desktop computer (unless you layout large pages and want a great big screen). Three years ago, I would have purchased a desktop (and I did). Now, I'm all about mobile computing. Because, even on a cold day, I want to take my computer and sit in front of the fireplace to work...