Intel is entering the mobile market and taking it seriously against ARM. But intel is making CPU using 22nm and 14nm while ARM is using 32nm and 20nm.
The key factor in this CPU designs is they are aiming for lower TDP.
I think that intel has already a clear advantage here, Do you think it is fair to compare a CPU/SOC with a 14nm node against a 20nm node?
If intel would invest heavily on R&D, can they make a CPU that has the same TDP of ARM cortex A9 but more powerful using 45nm node?
In all honest, no its not fair but to be honest Business's arnt fair and just step back and think how stupid it would be on intels part to NOT use there further advanced technology.....
Isnt that what brings customers to there doors, the fact that they have a better product than there competitors. In summary no its not morally fair on intels part but its stupid to try and be fair when your trying to beat your business competition.
Intel intend to wipe the floor with everybody. And good on em for wanting to.
Once intel get SoC down to a fine art they can use the fact that x86 is much faster than ARM and they can use their experience with the low power Atoms to bring the TDP Down.
As stated they are one up on the manufacturing process compared to everyone else which helps with the TDP issue again.
Intel are aware of the fact that the competition in the Desktop x86 market is almost dead and AMD are moving into the mobile market. Competition is good for business. In due course Intel will see themselves competing against ARM and all their developers and AMD on the SoC front. I personally cannot wait because It will push the SoC market into a new age, and with Intels Tick/Tock business model pushing it every 2 years at the very least the others will be forced to compete. As a result we will see double the speed of innovation in terms of performance per watt. This means phones with talk times in excess of 5 days and performance comparable to desktops.
It's not just that Intel is a couple process steps beyond Qualcomm and the other ARM licensees. It's also that as ARM designs will need to go out-of-order soon to bring the necessary IPC improvements to the next gen of devices, Intel has nearly 20 years experience doing precisely that. Once Intel has the necessary power budget to accomplish it, Atom can go OoO and benefit from those 2 decades of world-class leadership. Ditto with advanced cache algorithms and memory management.
In short, ARM will likely have to venture into areas where Intel is the world leader, in order to increase performance. So the design ball game is moving to Intel's home field too.