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Shane Wall and Pankaj Kedia  (Source: Suzanne Tindal/ZDNet.com.au)

Anand Chandrasekher; Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager, Ultra Mobility Group  (Source: Intel)
Chandrasekher puts the smack down on comments made by Intel employees at IDF Taiwan

Intel raised more than a few eyebrows earlier this week when Intel's Shane Wall and Pankaj Kedia decided to attack the iPhone processor which is based on ARM technology. The news, of course, didn't sit too well with members of the Apple community.

"The shortcomings of the iPhone are not because of Apple," said Kedia at the Intel Developer Forum in Taipei, Taiwan. "The shortcomings of the iPhone have come from ARM. Any sort of application that requires any horse power at all and the iPhone struggles."

Wall went on to add, "If you want to run full internet, you're going to have to run an Intel-based architecture. Even if they do have full capability, the performance will be so poor."

Perhaps after feeling a bit of backlash from the comments which came across to many as sour grapes, Intel's Anand Chandrasekher stepped in to clear up any misconceptions that arose from the comments made by Wall and Kedia:

Anand Chandrasekher issued a correction on comments made by members of his team yesterday at Intel's Developer Forum in Taiwan. As general manager of the Group responsible for Intel's ultra-mobility products, he acknowledged that Intel's low-power Atom processor does not yet match the battery life characteristics of the ARM processor in a phone form factor; and, that while Intel does have plans on the books to get us to be competitive in the ultra low power domain - we are not there as yet. Secondly, Apple's iPhone offering is an extremely innovative product that enables new and exciting market opportunities. The statements made in Taiwan were inappropriate, and Intel representatives should not have been commenting on specific customer designs.

Intel has fallen slightly out of favor with Apple as its main chip supplier. Apple recently decided to use NVIDIA's GeForce 9400M single-chip platform for its new MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air updates. Apple CEO Steve Jobs cited five-times faster graphics performance compared to Intel's competing solutions which require a two-chip (northbridge/southbridge) arrangement.

Apple still, however, uses Intel processors for its desktop, server, and notebook platforms.



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Who else
By AlexWade on 10/24/2008 10:06:32 AM , Rating: 5
Who else thought the article was talking about Anandtech? When I first read the headline, I read it like "Anand clarifies Chandrasekher of Intel's Stance on iPhone, ARM" and I thought, "Why is anandtech clarifying Intel's stance?"

Then I realized after reading the article that the engineer has the same first name as Anand Lal Shimpi. Who else read it like that? Or is my dyslexia kicking in at a bad time?




RE: Who else
By MrWho on 10/27/2008 8:00:06 AM , Rating: 2
Same thing happened with me. I can just guess "Anand" is a common name in India as much as "Peter", or "Pierre" in France or "Pedro" in Portugal...

Or is it just a freak coincidence?


It's the truth though
By nofumble62 on 10/25/2008 12:10:53 PM , Rating: 3
I sent a youtube movie clip of my children's event to my brother and he couldn't open it with his brand new iPhone.

I could sense some disappointment on his face.




RE: It's the truth though
By dude on 10/25/2008 4:58:51 PM , Rating: 2
Open youtube.

Search.

Play.

What's so hard about that?


RE: It's the truth though
By Pudro on 10/26/2008 12:06:03 AM , Rating: 2
And YouTube links on the web automatically open the YouTube app to play them.


Sheesh
By sprockkets on 10/24/2008 9:27:02 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure that employee got a reemful from PR and company at Intel for that.

Or maybe that employee should have said "My opinions are my own and don't represent the company, Intel, that I work for."




RE: Sheesh
By Maskarat on 10/24/2008 10:07:47 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think that excuse can be used at a presentation during IDF :)

However, kudjos to the stones on this guy :D


RE: Sheesh
By sprockkets on 10/24/2008 5:21:46 PM , Rating: 2
good point :)

On a side note, pretty soon only Apple will be doing any sort of show or conference for devices as lame and insignificant as mp3 players to laptops.


And Remember...
By kelmon on 10/24/2008 10:35:41 AM , Rating: 3
...a closed mouth gathers no foot.

When delivering presentations or other information that may come to the attention of your superiors, make damned sure you've got your facts right first.




RE: And Remember...
By icrf on 10/24/2008 11:39:55 AM , Rating: 3
Who's to say he didn't and the "correction" is solely a matter of PR backlash?


Thank you Anand Chandrasekher
By SiliconJon on 10/24/2008 10:28:14 AM , Rating: 2
For kicking those Jerry Springers to the curb.




RE: Thank you Anand Chandrasekher
By BoyBawang on 10/24/2008 3:10:47 PM , Rating: 2
Somebody is going to get fired :)


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