ARM Boss not impressed with Medfield

Intel latest Atom Medfield could not impress chief of ARM Holdings as he comments at the CES

In a recent interview with Warren East, Chief executive of ARM Holdings, by Reuters at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, he commented that Intel’s latest Atom-based mobile chips are good enough but, does not match up with the ARM’s reference design.

He also added that Intel has taken some design that were never meant for mobile phones and have wrenched those designs. They have even put them in a power-performance space which is roughly capable for the running mobile phones.

Earlier Apple tried to develop the iPad using the Intel’s low powered Atom processor, but later they found that it was not efficient enough to run a touchscreen tablet. And later they developed their own custom silicon in the form of the A4 processor, which is basically based on ARM’s designs.

As most of the mobile devices available now are mainly powered by ARM’s low powered as well as low cost chips. This has caused Intel to have a limited presence in the mobile market as compared to the traditional computing market.

The New Atom Z2460 "Medfield" platform designed for smartphone and tablets is being unveiled at CES 2012. Motorola Mobility and Lenovo have even announced their plans with this new Atom mobile processor.

As both these manufacturers are the major producer of the mobile processor so, Microsoft has also decided to put their version of OS capable of running on both the processors.  

There are also rumors saying that Apple is secretly designing a MacBook Pro version with the A5 processor found on the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. It is also said the results of the tests with this processor were not only positive but were impressive enough for them to decide to make a MacBook Pro with it.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-01-16 (Update: 2012-05-26)