Source: The Atlantic
quote: You don't think i7's TODAY get sold into markets that used to be exclusively Xeon?
quote: You don't think, for example, HTPCs could switch to Atom in a heartbeat?
quote: What about all those turnkey systems used to control medical and industrial equipment?What about all those cash registers?
quote: Everybody who might have considered AMD or VIA before, but wanted an Intel guarantee or whatever now gets the Intel brand name --- and at prices lower than AMD and VIA were considering.
quote: People USED to buy i3,i5,i7 for two reasons- performance- compatibility.
quote: 1) Software stops advancing and no longer needs advanced hardware.2) People stop reacting positively to software improvements and refuse to upgrade their systems.3) Performance hardware stops advancing while low-power hardware catches up.
quote: Well I spent my time at Apple writing low-level high performance codec code (including plenty of assembly, based on a careful understanding of CPU µarchitecture), ...
quote: What are your credentials?
quote: Name the last software advance in CONSUMER software that REALLY required advanced HW.
quote: HAS already happened. Look at the damn HW sales numbers.
quote: HAS ALSO already happened.
quote: As for your claim that i7s are NOT sold into previous Xeon markets
quote: (1) HAS largely happened. Name the last software advance in CONSUMER software that REALLY required advanced HW.