Will Intel switch to ARM?

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Prob NOT.

    The only tool ARM fans have to support their claims of ARM superority is Geekbench but no one can figure out if Geekbench is accurate or not. Something doesn't seem right about an Apple tablet CPU with less transistors and less instruction sets beating an 8700k. You can't use an ARM CPU with well known x86 benchmarks like Cinebench r20.

  • 6 months ago

    Short answer: No, Intel will not likely ever shift to ARM. It has so much invested in x86, and it would be a much more monstrous undertaking to port all the work it has done in instruction set extensions and the like to ever be worth it. In addition, switching to an ARM instruction set would instantly make everything on PC's become nearly incompatible with anything older than the moment they switched.

    A little more detail: Intel used to own StrongARM, which it spun off and that became Marvell Semiconductor, which specializes in design of custom ARM chips. Given Marvell's success in getting into so many non-PC devices (such as DVD and Blu-Ray players, TV's, you name it, if it has a microprocessor in it and you don't know whose it is, it has a good chance it's Marvell). I believe the reason they spun off their ARM stuff is that they wanted to focus on x86. However, they did get something out of ARM. The Atom processor is based on the ARM's dataflow design -- basically they took an ARM design and ripped out the decoder and replaced it with an x86 decoder.

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