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Intel's Shane Wall rails ARM as a blight on smartphones

Intel has never been shy about slamming its main competitors in the various markets that it has a presence. Intel talks itself up as it talks down rival AMD in the computer CPU environment and rival mobile CPU maker ARM gets much the same treatment.

Intel is picking on what it calls the slow iPhone, but is fast to point out that the slowness isn’t Apple's fault. This caveat is no doubt to placate Apple and its iPhone business, which Intel undoubtedly covets. According to Intel's Shane Wall, the problem with the iPhone is its processor which is based on ARM technology.

Wall said, "Any sort of application that requires any horse power at all and the iPhone struggles." Wall maintains that Apple did a good job tackling the mobile Internet and achieved massive buzz for its iPhone thanks to Jobs' deity-like ability to sell products.

The iPhone wasn't alone in being panned by Wall who believes that the ARM processor is blight on smartphones in general. Wall said, "The smartphone of today is not very smart. The problem they have today is they use ARM."

Wall continued to rail on ARM claiming that if you want to run the "full" internet, you are going to need to run an Intel-architecture processor. Ironically, Intel used to make an entire line of ARM-based processors that it sold to Marvell in 2006.

The writing between the lines here is that a "real" internet experience will only be available on devices running CPU's like the Intel Atom or the Moorestown architecture. Many who have used an iPhone can say the internet experience on the iPhone stands head and shoulders above the competition – that is unless you need to use Flash.



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RE: why are they targetting Apple
By Pirks on 10/22/2008 3:50:59 PM , Rating: 2
When you call mobile OS X a crappy niche OS you look pretty stupid.


RE: why are they targetting Apple
By TomZ on 10/22/2008 4:35:20 PM , Rating: 2
Specifically, the problem with the proliferation of OSs is that there is no convergence onto any kind of standard platform. This makes it much more difficult for an open ecosystem to develop around these types of mobile devices. For example, if I write a killer app for an iPhone, then I have to port or re-write it if I want to run on a device running Symbian OS. Not to mention the other few OSs. That's the part that's crappy.

The thing that is nice about Windows is that nearly everyone uses it. So any investment made in an app or device for Windows is usable by a large customer base.


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