CONCLUSION:::LONG TERM ARMH Keeps the lead over Intel 2013 and beyond.................
Regardless of Intel's progress in developing power-saving semiconductor hardware, ARM will retain a fundamental advantage over Intel x86-based processors through ARM's simpler and more power-efficient instruction-set and design philosophy. Intel is working hard to erode ARM's power-efficiency advantage through industrial leadership in the development of many new semiconductor manufacturing technologies; however, ARM's strategic partnership with IBM, another industrial giant in semiconductor fabrication (as part of a broad industrial alliance) for the development of a standardised 14nm semiconductor manufacturing process for the fabrication of ARM processors and SoCs will help to ensure that ARM will not fall far behind Intel in this important field. Intel will continue expending significant amounts of money on research and development to retain their lead in process technology so as to neutralise ARM's fundamental design advantages as far as they can; but with process technology rapidly approaching the CMOS endpoint, Intel's CMOS research advantage will soon suffer from a law of diminishing returns. The antiquated and excessively complex Intel x86 instruction set, once an asset of Intel, is becoming a net liability for Intel, yet this is a liability Intel cannot easily offload without losing even more market-share to ARM in semiconductor design and associated intellectual property. Other fundamental advantages conferred on ARM by their superior (simpler) instruction-set architecture include:
Simpler design requirements for optimising compilers (so that good software development tools cost less to develop and are likely to produce more reliable and more efficient code),
Simpler methods of verifying the correctness and security of ARM's comparatively open designs; meaning less chances of a product recall or security debacle.
A less intricate and less complex end-product requiring less energy and less raw materials for its manufacture. Superior manufacturing yield.
ARM's strategy of building broad and equitable industrial partnerships (e.g. in semiconductor fabrication) effectively neutralises Intel's scale and cash advantage and courts the attention of customers who like the inherent economy and security of a market of multiple competing suppliers with compatible products (and who dislike the monopolistic practice of vendor lock-in). ARM's strategy (supported by an increasingly mature software-based design technologies) of effectively decoupling the semiconductor design and fabrication industries into separate markets confers on the ARM ecosystem the strengths of any or all of its participants.
“I warned against the hype in the first sentences. :-) ARM CPUs are still rather weak and not a good match for most applications. However, the fact that we could actually find a case where they do a lot better than the current Xeon systems was surprising to me.”
Well t this rather ominous negative is what one reviewer said about ARM. But gee wiz, next time he does a review he ought to report that he just turned both ot the DXXXX systems completely off and they were equal in performance!