Which just leaves Intel holding out on ARM, still thinking they can better it (whilst releasing lots of misleading benchmark results for Atom).
IBM has announced it is licensing a basket of processor designs from ARM for its network equipment division. The new deal means Big Blue can make use of ARM's Cortex-A15, Cortex-A12, Cortex-A7 and Cortex-M4 cores, as well as the ARM Mali-450 graphics processing unit. These are aimed at beefy phone and tablet chips, and IBM wants …
Reading Register headlines is like participating in charades.
So how is having to buy in an outside design - as IBM had to do with x86 to stay relevant in servers - got anything to do with boosting Power? Surely it means it is yet another area where IBM couldn't make Power or a Cell derivative work?