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Intel speeds up road map to tackle threat from ARM

Intel dramatically shake its microprocessor roadmap to meet the demand for processors with very low power consumption and to fend off the competitive threat from rival company ARM chip design, CEO Paul Otellini said.


"We have decided, looking to the future, our road map was insufficient," Otellini said at the meeting of financial analyst firm said Tuesday.

Intel wants to accelerate its shift to more advanced manufacturing technologies, allowing you to accelerate the pace at which you can introduce new chips, low power consumption, he said.

Also change its design goals to reduce the midpoint of the energy around which all his chips are built. Today the median is 35 to 40 watts, a level system to meet the demands of the notebook market.

"We are changing the midpoint at 15 watts," said Otellini. This will allow the company to offer more energy-efficient processors for notebooks and new processors Atom chip system for tablets and smart phones, which operate at 5 watts or less.

Otellini said the changes are as important as the introduction of Intel's Pentium processor in the 1990, which brought together the multimedia capabilities of its chips.

The announcement comes as Intel faces competitive pressure from ARM, the British company, whose low-power processor designs are used in most pills today and smartphones, including iPhone and iPad. chip low-power Intel Atom, which was well on netbooks, are considered too power hungry for this new class of ultraportable devices.

To help overcome this, Intel hopes to move to a manufacturing process of 14 nanometers in three years, said Otellini. The figure refers to the size of the smallest recorded in chips and circuits smaller transistors consume less power.

That means that 14-nanometer Atom processor may be in the market in 2014. Intel's roadmap for its Atom processors now shows a 32-nanometer chip Saltwell behalf of 22 nanometers part code-named Silvermont and a 14-nanometer chip called Airmont.

Movement quickly represent twice the pace of Moore's Law, according to Otellini.

He also tried to downplay the threat of the tablets, called her participation in the PC market as a "rounding error" when laptops and PCs are taken into account.

He also rejected unconfirmed reports that Apple might switch to Intel chips based on ARM processors. Such a move "would take someone a long time and cost much money," he said.

It's something Apple has done before with your Mac, however, when it changed from PowerPC processors to Intel x86 chips in 2005.

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