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  • wallisweaver wallisweaver May 6, 2013 6:20 PM Flag

    Ashraf: Intel Drops An Atomic Bomb On ARM's 'Abomination'


    ARM's soon-to-be-retired CEO had a tendency to go on about how Intel would never be a leader in power efficiency. This may still be true in the micro-controller space where Cortex M-series chips reign, but it's certainly not true in the phone space and above. Intel's engineer at the presentation boldly referred to "big.LITTLE" as an "abomination" and pointed out that not only could Intel's Silvermont reach higher performance levels at lower power consumption, but Intel could also scale down to lower power levels at the lower performance levels:

    All of this also comes without the need to have extra, wasteful cores on the die, or complex software routines to switch between the "big" and the "LITTLE" cores. This is elegance incarnate, and it is clear that both Intel and Qualcomm -- the big dogs in this space -- don't buy into "big.LITTLE" style designs for very good reason. It's a hack.

    ARM apparently severely underestimated Intel, and it is likely that a lot of the "hype" that ARM was magical and insurmountable in the low power processor space will fade to black as Silvermont shines brightly during the second half of 2013. It will be interesting to see how ARM's share price reacts to this potentially huge shift in the low power landscape.

    [LOL. Check out the entire article...]

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