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Intel losing out to ARM, and losing out fast

But the US chip giant still optimistic, not giving up just yet

Intel seems to be losing out in the rat race, while ARM is emerging successful in overpowering competition in the highly competitive chip manufacturing business. According to what can be seen out of the current market trend in mobile devices currently in use, as well as mobile CPUs from companies like Qualcomm and Samsung are more often than not seen powered by ARM designed cores, thereby most tablet PCs to come in the near future as well, will in all likelihood will feature ARM-based CPUs.

Gartner is expecting 54 million tablet devices to be sold in 2011. Intel on the other hand is just not getting its hands on the right recipe to allow their Atom low-power chips to make their way into phones and tablets. According to industry experts this is owing to the fact that the Intel Atom designs are not intelligent enough to allow for efficient power consumption. Intel CEO Paul Otellini seems pretty optimistic and is not giving up just yet. Let’s hope they deliver soon enough.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2010-11- 8 (Update: 2012-05-26)