Intel to extend data centre tyranny into mobile, says CFO
War on ARM won't be over by Xmas, admits Chipzilla mogul
Intel's CFO has rubbished ARM's prospects of making a serious dent in the data centre, arguing that whatever the chip IP developer is aiming at, Intel will be well ahead. At the same time, Stacy Smith insists that Intel will soon be eating into ARM's position in the mobile arena, despite the recent flight of its anchor partner in that market.
Stacy Smith, speaking after an investor conference in London, cited his own experience as a former Intel CIO to argue that the prospect of switching to an ARM architecture that was not backwards compatible with x86 would be something that would fill a datacentre manager with dread.
For its part, Intel's roadmap over the coming years has been radically refocused around lower power. At the same time, its takeover of McAfee will see security hooks built into its products from mobile devices right down or up to its server chips.
"They're talking five years out they might be there. It's a long time," said Smith. "It's going to change so much, where they're aiming at, we're not going to be there."
Few would doubt Intel's ability to fight hard in the data centre. However, Smith went on to argue that Intel will soon be making serious inroads into the mobile market – the long-standing domain of ARM.
Intel has made multiple runs at the mobile phone market, with little to show for it. Its partnership with Nokia made Intel appear to have had a chance of cracking it, only for the wounded Finnish giant to turn frigid and leap into the arms of Microsoft.
Smith accepted this was a setback, but said Intel had now switched its resources to other partners, and we could expect to see products shipping between now and the beginning of next year.
Asked if this meant little prospect of products shipping for the holiday buying season, Smith said missing the Christmas sales window wouldn't detract from its momentum in the market.
Intel's efforts to get into the phone and other mobile markets has seen it tie up with some slightly obscure partners. It won't be like that this time, said Smith.
"These are going to be people you've heard of."
Readers with long memories will notice the irony in all of this. Intel has its own ARM licence, and in the early part of the century based one of its attempts to break into mobile phones on the ARM architecture. ®
The scary thing is
...15 billion ARM processors have shipped to date, according to Arm. That's more than 2 for every individual on the planet, including infants in mud huts and Mongolian herdsmen.
Where are they all? This is Rise of the Machines stuff.
did a CIO know anything about modern CPUs?
why even Intel cant compete
ARM is IP only. This means Intel has to compete solo against virtually every other chipmaker in the world (TI, Motorola, Samsung, etc). Plus after working at a 3rd party company developing a solution with Intel requiring a small form factor and the joke of the OS that is Meego that failed because of all things Intel couldn't get their own hardware to work (their software is a joke but its real bad their bread and butter hardware failed) I would say ARM has little to worry about on the low end. Inside the data center however is another ball game.
Meanwhile, back in the real world...
ARMs are currently being deployed more and more widely as people realise that they really don't have a current need for 64 bit processors for much of what they do. 32 bit+address extension will do very nicely.
Just wait for ChromeOS and a decent server distro of Linux for ARM, and Intel will see all sorts of customers defect. They just don't see that it's largely about power consumption, and their track record in reducing power is not good.
%PARSE, extra words after valid sentence
Corrected sentence is "since when did a CIO know anything"