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ARM-based (ARMH) Windows 8 (MSFT) systems are widely expected to be less power-hungry than x86...

ARM-based (ARMH) Windows 8 (MSFT) systems are widely expected to be less power-hungry than x86 systems featuring Intel (INTC) and AMD processors. They might also be around 10% cheaper on average, claims Bernstein, and that could help them take a large chunk of the sub-$500 consumer notebook market, where cutting-edge performance isn't demanded. But will software issues stand in the way?
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  • Yaron Ron Reuven
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    This is pure speculation just to manipulate stock price. There is no way they can know that without all chips being in the market.
    17 Feb 2012, 05:20 PM Reply Like
  • SA Editor Eric Jhonsa
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    There's definitely some guesswork involved, but with most ARM-based mobile processors selling for less than $25, it's easy to see how they could undercut x86 chips on price, provided the performance is adequate. Also, just looking at the differences between ARM smartphone/tablet motherboards and PC motherboards, the cost of the supporting chips might also be lower.


    Bernstein started ARM at Underperform last month:

    17 Feb 2012, 05:32 PM Reply Like
  • Jason F
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    ARM chips are no more powerful than a pentium 3....what a joke this is. Let's use chips with the computing power from the 90's to run Windows 8.
    18 Feb 2012, 01:03 AM Reply Like
  • Cincinnatus
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    Bernstein has no clue as to what they're talking about. They've missed the lesson of Itanium. A hardware platform that can't run the vast x86 software app base isn't going to compete in the pc/laptop space.


    Add to that the inferior price/performance of ARM. Even my core 2 duo based laptop, which will run rings around ARM, seems hopelessly underpowered as compared to Sandybridge and the soon-to-be released Ivybridge. ARM doesn't stand a chance running anything but a stripped-down OS against these newcomers. Ballmer has already stated that he sees any ARM-based systems being limited to keyboardless systems, which completely contradicts what Bernstein is claiming. They're living in la-la land claiming 60% of the sub-$500 notebook market - it will be close to nil.
    18 Feb 2012, 02:01 PM Reply Like
  • jrempel
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    I'm not so sure people will buy a laptop that wont run significant amount of software and has driver issues to save a few dollars. The latest mobile Intel chips have demonstrated the same power consumption as ARM so ARM is competing on price alone.


    We still haven't fully completed the transition to 64 bit. Chrome still only distributes 32 bit because of plugin compatibility. Even Apple which controls the entire stack didn't have 64 bit across their own software until last year. The difference between the transition to 64 bit and ARM is that x64 retained full backward compatibility, ARM will not.
    20 Feb 2012, 05:41 PM Reply Like
  • Yaron Ron Reuven
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    getting a $ARMH laptop that is partially functional has been touted before as the next greatest thing before it failed miserably. it was called netbooks. this ARM 1/2 a notebook is an improvisation of past attempts just to earn headlines. it wont work, and it will most likely be the beginning of the end of ARM. here is an article ARM bulls should read when they finish convincing themselves that intel and AMD are sitting on their hands
    21 Feb 2012, 01:13 PM Reply Like
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