Thursday, March 10, 2011

Is this the beginning of the end for the Wintel duopoly?

A Tegra 2 system-on-a chip (SoC) dual-core ARM-based micro-desktop that runs Ubuntu or Android 3.0 is about to be released (by the end of April, according to the developers). Despite its small size, it seems to be packed with features. For many people, this would be enough computer to do what they need...
April, 2011 – The Month The Desktop Changes

NVIDIA's founder says that this is just the beginning
the successors to the current-generation Tegra chips will be ever-more-powerful, yet still highly efficient.
Q&A: Nvidia chief explains his strategy for winning in mobile computing

For example, the quad-core Tegra 3
code-name Kal-Elis due as soon as this summer.
NVIDIA Quad-Core Tegra 3 Kal-El in Android Devices This Summer

Texas Instruments
isn't standing still, either
though their quad-core ARM SoC takes a substantially different approach.
Texas Instruments Reveals Quad-Core 2GHz ARM SoC with Stereo-3D Support

I predict interesting times ahead for all of us, including Intel and Microsoft. The Sandy Bridge fabrication glitch HAS to hurt
and I predict that Windows-on-ARM will be too little, too late.
Intel Finds 'Sandy Bridge' Support Chip Glitch; $1B to Fix

I'm keeping an eye on this one.