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wow...but puny little helpless Apple

Cupertino has this kind of power over Intel? Maybe Intel knows something about Apple's growth trajectory better than we or any overpaid analyst do. I guess Apple stocks could be in high demand soon.

maybe Jobs saying Apple will come out of the recession stronger isn't his RDF talking.

Intel gets foot in mouth about ARM-twisting iPhone comments

Fri, 24 Oct 2008 22:22:32 +0000

Actually, Intel is just trying to protect its own product lines. And if that help its technology partner that's even better. I see Apple fan boy talking in the blog post that you sent, especially in the last part about Nvidia's more powerful chip set being used. If the writer has been on the PC side long, he'd realized that Intel chipset are generally reference implementations to show manufacturers how to make interfaces to the Intel processors. In fact, it has always been third parties that made better bridges (chipsets) and graphics (chipsets) than Intel itself. Intel has never truly attempted to compete outside it's core-product: processor. Sometimes they might even venture into co-processor businesses, but historically they have always pulled back or integrated the co-processor technology into their micro processors.

Perhaps I'm talking out of my ass. But that's just what I see from the PC side of things.

Oh yah, let me remind you that it's not the first time that Intel ever change who's hands it held. Remember the golden computer days when we thought we'd never see a divorce between the two big I's? That's IBM and Intel if you are not following. And, yah, Apple is not Intel's second wedding mate, or even the third, if you get my drift.

Now that I'm babbling, let me add to the fact that Apple may not even be Intel's wedding mate right now. You have to realized that iPhone isn't the only device that is using the Intel ARM processor. Microsoft's Windows CE 1.0 . . . yah, the very first version (it's no up to like version 10, who can keep track?) ran on the Intel ARM processor. Sure, it ran on three or four other processors, but at this point, it seems that the Intel ARM has won out.

And outside the PDA phone arena, the ARM processor are used in a lot of low-power embedded applications. Those application are not general purpose like a computer, a PDA, or even today's PDA phone. Those application, marketability-wise, wouldn't survive on a full featured general purpose micro-process like the Atom chip. I'm sure Intel has those interest in mind as well. After all, iPhone can always use a host of other embedded micro-processor that Windows CE also runs on.

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 24 Oct 2008 22:44:44 +0000

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