With the Arrival of Mobile Dual-core Chips, Wintel Needs to Worry

17 thoughts on “With the Arrival of Mobile Dual-core Chips, Wintel Needs to Worry”

  1. “Andy Rubin and his team [at Google] know exactly where the industry needs to go.”

    Doesn’t everyone now that Steve Jobs showed them the way ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Yes, but if I my memory serves correctly, Android was set to compete with RIM and the prototypes all looked similar to Blackberries. Apple upset the whole apple cart and they had to redirect as did everyone else.

      2. It’s not a big dick contest – just fact checking.
        Got a link or anything to HTC touch stuff (beyond just simple press to select style select) before the iPhone (even though it’s not really relevant to my Rubin comment), I can’t recall any phone even close to similar before the Apple intro.

  2. Hello Om,

    the link to Qualcomms press release doesn’t work anymore and Google doesn’t have a cached version. Do you know why that is happening?

    Fortunately I found copies on PR Newswire, Yahoo and other websites. But nowhere it says again that nearly 140 devices are using Snapdragon chipsets.

    Where does this number come from? I am courious. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Why would Wintel need to worry? They are not one of the bigger players in this space. And this space will not necessarily render the Wintel space obsolete, any time soon.

    From a technical perspective, the article makes sense. But look at it also from other perspectives. Will you stop using PCs and switch entirely to mobiles, tablets and other small form-factor devices? Not likely. ARM has been doing great business during the days of (not so smart) mobile phones. And it will now have great business in the smart phone, netbook, tablet world as well. But PCs and laptops will continue to be on Wintel (whether we like it or not). I do agree that Intel better recognize Arm and NVidia (and not only AMD) as their competitor. And we see that happening. Intel will work on better Atoms – not only to further their lead in the netbook space, but also try to conquer neighboring spaces such as the (Google)TV, while partnering MeeGo like initiatives to gain a foothold in the mobile space. So, the race is on, full steam. I wouldn’t pick a loser yet.

    1. FTM,

      What you’re not seeing is that as ARM chips get more powerful, more people will be using devices powered by these “mobile” chips for desktop-like tasks ie iPad.

      We know Linux can run on ARM chips now. I would expect to see Mac OS on an ARM within three years. Apple will not allow themselves to remain dependent on a single manufacturer (Intel) for all their chips.

      1. i am not so sure apple wants to evolve mac OS like that. they may rather extend the capabilities of iphone OS and eventually have a version that works on laptop like machines with mouse/keyboard support but the same locked down app store platform so they gain the control levels they now have on ipod, iphone, ipad.

      2. Jacob

        iPad is a version of Mac OS and it runs on an ARM processor. Will the desktop version run on an ARM processor someday — never say never, but if Steve Jobs believes that desktop is going the way of mainframe — into the niche — then should they care?

      3. In order to be a credible replacement to wintel, the OS, whether iOS or Android, needs to have the same kind of apps that we have for the PC. Not just cute puzzle games or finger paint apps but real apps such as Photoshop, Office, etc

  4. @Brian wrote:

    As I say, the smartphone is the computer.

    I’d argue that Sun Microsystems had it right in the 1990s with their then slogan, “The Network Is the Computer”!

  5. ARM Processor are fast becoming the industry standard, I believe ARM Processor will soon become the number one choice for many hardware and software companies, such as Dell, IBM, Apple and forgot me mention the new agreement hammered out between ARM Holding and Microsoft to license ARM design. This will un-doughty end the WinTel monopoly currently holds by Intel and Microsoft for nearly two decade.

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