Sacha May''s article negating Intel's mobile ambitions
I would like to hear what posters reactions were to Sacha May's article on 09-25-13.. He said, " Apple has created by far the fastest mobile chip to date and it has done it in a way that Intel cannot achieve - by incorporating a chip design with the rest of its hardware and software design. He says this " trend of vertical integration will soon spread to microprocessor design.". Thanks.
Samsung 28nm Beats Intel 22nm!
by Daniel Nenni
Published on 09-18-2013 04:00 PM
All phoney benchmarks aside, since Apple controls the entire iPhone ecosystem they can do things with their SoC that Intel will never be able to do. Samsung also has this advantage if they focus on Tizen. QCOM works closely with Google on Android. Maybe Intel should merge with Microsoft?
The systems company rule mobile. The chip companies and foundries are just along for the ride.
You make some interesting points. That being said the nice thing about Android is that it's open source, so Intel can (and has) do (almost) whatever it wants with Android. Ditto for QCOM and NVDA. Intel's software team is *gigantic* (the Android team alone has ~1200 people).
I don't think that the smartphone market will be all Samsung/Apple...I think that this market degenerates quickly into a very low margin business and the chip suppliers/foundries will be the only ones making money within 5 years unless your name is "Apple". Oh, and I would assume Google would continue to make $$ from everyone clicking on those ads :-)
While I have some issues with the vertical model as implemented by Apple, there are some signs that others are watching/following. Look at MS, buying Nokia, continuing with RT...and they have an architecture license (just like apple) allowing them to design their own chips.
A7 is a restricted instruction set chip. It is not "by far" the fastest (look at the recent articles by more neutral authors). It could never compete in the tablet world. Intel has yet to introduce its true mobile line-up (wait for Merrifield) . " trend of vertical integration will soon spread to microprocessor design." is full scale BS. This is just the usual Intel bashing.