When asked what advantage an ARM chip
may have over the Atom chip, Andrew Feldman, former SeaMicro CEO and now general manager of AMD's Data Center Server Solutions group, said ARM chips
will be "lower power, higher performance and lower cost.
Earlier this week at the same investor meeting, Intel's Renee James said the upcoming version of Windows 8 running on ARM chips
would not be able to run legacy apps.
are used in a wide range of applications including: the Apple Newton, IBM Serial Storage Architecture (SSA), 3DO Interactive MultiPlayer, ATM network cards, set-boxes from companies like Online Media and data security such as AT&T Information Vending Encryption System (IVES) and Mykotronx PCMCIA card.
Red Hat is targeting the first half of next year for a release of Fedora, the community version of Red Hat Linux, that runs on 64-bit ARM chips
, said Jon Masters, Red Hat's chief ARM architect.
She also stated that the ARM-based Windows 8 will not support legacy apps and that Microsoft was developing four versions of Windows 8 for ARM chips
lt;p>Chips cool, competition heats up<p>Analysts say the strategy shows Intel is focused on countering the threat posed by ARM chips
, which are cheaper and more energy-efficient than today's Atom processors, and are just starting to make their way into netbooks.
However, ARM chips
are also expected to gain a foothold in the server market, which is currently dominated by x86 processors, during the next few years.
A rumor which set the web sphere abuzz last week that Apple will replace Intel chips in its MacBooks and desktops with ARM chips
has failed to garner many supporters.
Windows 8 will run on devices with x86 chips from Intel and AMD, as well as on devices that use ARM chips
If the rumor proves right the move from Intel to ARM chips
would be a strategic shift, towards Apple integrating all its devices around a single OS.
designer of the ARM chips
(that it licenses to hundreds of manufacturers), has apparently not yet embraced the smartbook term, at least publicly.
Windows RT machines are designed to run on ARM chips
, as opposed to a more traditional X86 chip that will be used in Windows 8tablets said to be coming in the fourth quarter of 2012.