Intel's second quarter of 2011 was a good one, beating Wall Street estimates and showing double-digit revenue growth across all major business segments. But weakness at the low end of the market shows that the world's largest microprocessor maker has its vulnerabilities. "We achieved a significant new milestone in the second …
Maybe if they actually made a decent low-end chip
One with an ISA that didn't chew massive amounts of the die and cost a ridiculous amount of power to decode efficiently. Oh, and a low-end GPU that could actually do decent off-screen rendering without blowing to pieces might also be nice.
There's no margin on the low end, so punt.
In order to compete with ARM on power consumption Intel would have to do a ground up redesign of x86. They'd never recover that investment at $5 per processor.
Same advantage in servers too, eventually...
A better ISA is a better ISA. Intel has ridden x86 for a long while, but, this hegemony is arguably becoming irrelevant on clients which are increasingly VM based and might become a liability on the server too.
Atom has always been hamstrung
Between Intel and Microsoft, they killed off any chance of interesting advances in netbook land. Intel continue to fail to make the most of Atom's only real advantage, being x86/x64. Quite frankly, they deserve to be eaten by ARM-based systems.
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