Sunday, October 6, 2013

Arm and Intel News

While I've seen a few investing sites talking Intel up this week, but they've mostly taken it on the chin. Bay Trail is great and I'm sure it will make some very interesting inexpensive Windows laptops and hybrids, but its ability to make inroads into the tablet world remains to be seen. It's good, but the momentum is on the ARM-side. Intel has to be better than ARM to overcome that.

This next doesn't surprise me... what surprised me is that Lenovo dabbled with Intel on phones at all.
Intel dumped by Lenovo phone project - Playing it safe with Qualcomm | TechEye

Applied Micro is "the most likely immediate threat to Intel"These are server oriented chips based off ARM, but with enhancements.
Intel faces threat from tiny Sunnyvale upstart - SiliconValley.com

Well, it's good to see Intel facing yet more reality...
Intel labels Ultrabooks a "Failure" | SemiAccurate

While Apple used it's own design for the A7, there is reason to believe the Cortex A5X will perform similarly (indeed probably better, especially when handling 32-bit code). A lot has been learned since AMD designed the "Intel" x86-64 standard. Apparently there are some significant efficiencies in handling the new ARM 64-bit instruction set. This article talks about it from Apple's perspective, but it likely applies to servers as well.
Intel Corporation (INTC): Intel: Apple's A7 Chip Reveals Dangerous Trend - Seeking Alpha

I'd really love to know Bay Trail vs Haswell vs ARM real pricing... but the companies involved are infuriating when it comes to trying to find such information.
Intel ships low-power Core i3 Haswell chips for tablets, notebooks - Liliputing

Allwinner unveils Allwinner A80 Octa processor - Liliputing

The videos are worth watching (especially the second one).
ARM demoes a Cortex-powered future (videos)


Developer Boards and Mini-Devices


Today's SoC's really have to come on a board before you can use them. This new section of this regular post will cover this area of devices.

Cubietruck dev board with Allwinner A20 dual-core CPU now available for $89 - Liliputing

This looks really nice, my next server may be based off this one:
$139 Intel NUC with Bay Trail chip on the way - Liliputing

Arduino boards to run full Linux thanks to TI’s new ARM-based chipTechie News

Intel supplies open-source Galileo computer with Quark chip, targets DIY crowd - Computerworld

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