Intel Says it Will Out-Wrestle ARM in Power Usage

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The fastest growing segment in processors right now is in the smartphone space, and this segment is dominated by ARM at the present moment. Intel, never to leave the CPU space up for grabs, is gunning for ARM using its Atom-based technologies.

Intel CTO Justin Rattner told Reuters that the chip giant will make a chip that will be more miserly on power than what ARM can offer right now.

"With (our) Moorestown processor we equal them on standby power, in the next generation Medfield we will equal them on active power," Rattner told Reuters in an interview.

Not only that, but Intel said that it has tricks up its sleeve that will give it the upper hand.

"I expect us to just pull away after that because we have a fundamental technology advantage, which they don't have," he said.

Rattner didn’t seem to share what the advantage might be, but we are guessing that it might have something to do with the company's massive R&D budget.

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  • rantoc
    Tricks like forcing the phoone manfacturers to use only use their chips or loose huge discounts, guess time will tell!
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  • digiex
    Competition = Lower prices = good
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  • joytech22
    Damn.. intel's back to destroy the competition. oh well somebody's gotta do it..

    Cmon Qualcomm, you've been great thus far!
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  • rantoc
    Tricks like forcing the phoone manfacturers to use only use their chips or loose huge discounts, guess time will tell!
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  • kancaras
    ofc they can reduce size and power. atom cpus are way too powerfull for smartphones. power, size, speed - all can decrease if needed. but the main question is: wheres amd?
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