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Intel has said it wants its chips inside smart phones, with Medfield being the beachhead device. Intel boss Paul Otellini has told Fortune magazine that he believes Medfield and its successors will be the means whereby Intel processors will power multiple forms of consumer and embedded electronic devices, including smart …


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  1. Charles Manning

    Geez, give up!

    x86 is a complete power hog - even Atom. This is a fundamental limitation of the x86 architecture. You can't make a gazelle by shaving an elephant's legs.

    Power consumption is pretty much proportional to the number of transistors you have to flip to get the task done. All that pipelining etc that is required to get x86 speeds up requires a lot more transistors getting flipped (compared to a risc).

    Right now even ARM-based systems are at the point where power consumption and thus battery life is the major constraint to adding more CPU power. x86 would just make that worse.

    Sure, incremental process improvements will improve x86, but a rising tide floats all chips and ARM will score from that too. Thus ARM will always be some steps ahead in this game.

  2. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

    What do you want from your phone?

    Two hour battery life, a battery the size of your hand or non-x86 CPU?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Where is the portable nuclear reactor to drive it?

    Intel inside, smoking hole in the jeans outside...

    How about actually doing a proper job and delivering a working chipset which does not require active cooling for Atom first? Ooops... I forgot... It is the "innovate" company that never hurts the consumers...

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