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."
Microsoft's mainstream Windows operating system doesn't run on Arm chips
so many manufacturers were talking about using Linux or a version of Google's Android operating system.
Taking the recent example of the Surface tablet, there are two versions: the Surface RT which runs on ARM chips
as it has a limited Windows 8 OS and the Surface Pro which runs on Ivy Bridge processors as it is expected to run the full Windows 8 Pro version.
Apple is investigating ways to ditch Intel chips in future Macs and replace them with its own ARM chips
like the ones in the iPhone and iPad, according to Bloomberg.
But perhaps one of the clearest indications of Microsoft's shift to the mobile realm is the incorporation of ARM chips
, according to(http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-05-31/microsoft-recruits-designers-in-race-for-windows-apps?r=recommended) BusinessWeek .
Red Hat started its work a year ago and already has some Fedora code running on prototypes of AppliedMicro's 64-bit ARM chips
, Masters said.
The tech blog SemiAccurate and The Wall Street Journal both reported Friday that HP is postponing the development of any tablet devices running Windows RT and powered by ARM chips
On the contrary, Bruce said 95 percent of all smartphones have ARM chips
. The tablet market is similarly dominated by ARM chips
<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.<p>But by mostly ignoring performance, Intel could leave an opening for Nvidia Corp.
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.
CPU benchmarks between ARM and Atom are hard to come by, but the data that exists suggests that Atom is at least somewhat more powerful than the Cortex-A9 found in all most current ARM chips
. The Saltwell core can run as fast as 1.6GHz, a full third faster than even the high-end 1.2GHz ARM chips
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