Battle of the Geeks 5 – Intel vs ARM vs AMD

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The meteoric rise to fame of ARM chips – Intel vs ARM vs AMD

 

ARM

ARM

 

After this success they shopped around for a new kind of processor and but could not find anything suitable. After looking around they found some documents which had been created by some graduates famously known as the Berkeley RISC project which means Reduced Instruction Set Computing ( RISC ). So they did what any good geek does, they decided to change the world and built their own processor.In the late 70’s and early 80’s, as personal computing was taking off, a British company called Acorn produced lovely little numbers like BBC Micro and Acorn Archimedes which proved to very popular.

They came up with a light processor that was quicker than Intel’s because it was simpler and had lower power requirements.

In the late 80’s the ever innovative Apple noticed this and teamed up with Acorn to design better versions of this core resulting in a new company called Advanced RISC Machines.They went on to revolutionize mobile computer processors, thus their heavy contribution to mobile computing and the environment being pioneers of low power processors.

Due to their licensing strategy this enabled other companies to further develop the processor just like Google had done with the Android. They claim that as of 2011 they had licensed 15 billion processors meaning there chips are currently used in over 90% of mobile devices.

intel

intel

Intel is the inventor of the processor found in most personal computers and remains a world leader in this field to date. Founded in Mountain View by semiconductor pioneers Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore in 1868 with some heavy contribution from Andrew Grove.

This guys used to make memory until the revival of the Japanese semiconductor industry in the early 80’s. As time went by, this effect had a serious impact on their profits. Luckily IBM had found success with personal computers and this changed their perspective so they decided to focus mainly on processors.

Being the major supplier to IBM coupled with the explosion of personal computing soon made them a dominant force. When the world noticed global warming, Intel responded by going on a production cycle which has been shrinking processors to an amazing 22-nm expected to ship in 2012.

Recently they have introduced a 3-D transistor that will improve performance and energy efficiency. They have also launched a mobile processor and teamed up with ZTE (watch this space – this where many believe that Intel’s intention to compete in mobile computing starts to take off).

In the early eighties the hardware was years ahead of the software and at this point as history has it only 1 man had figured this out ahead of the competition – Bill Gates. Things have changed since then, computing has gone mobile and it looks like its here to stay.

Yep, fast forward an era and this time around it was Steve Jobs and Apple who had the device with the best settings for this change in direction in human history.

With Microsoft’s intention to port Windows 8 to ARM we can easily see Intel’s position being compromised as Microsoft with Windows has been the main delivery mechanism that propelled Intel to the position they currently are. As expected, Intel will take the fight to the opposition, after-all they have done this for years. Ladies and gentlemen, we are about to witness another battle.

 

AMD

AMD

 

AMD was founded in May 1969 by a group of former executives from Fairchild Semiconductors and has gone on to become the world’s second-largest global supplier of microprocessors based on the x86 architecture and is also one of the largest suppliers of graphics processing units.Advanced Micro Devices, Inc or AMD is an American multinational semiconductor company based in Sunnyvale, California, that develops computer processors.

Being cheaper that Intel has made AMD popular with over-clockers and gamers.

In July 2011 AMD launched the AMD Radeon™ HD 6990M GPU which they claim is the worlds fastest single mobile graphics processor that delivers massive computing power that has been measured to be up to 25% faster than any other notebook GPU. See this.

Apple

Apple

For starters, Goods out report: 20.34 million iPhones, 9.25 million iPads, 3.95 million Macs, 7.54 million iPods and they have also sold 15 billion Apps!. Simple mathematics tells me that is over $300 million a day, over $13 million an hour, over $200,000 a second. “Ching-Ching keep the tills rolling boys the recession has been canceled”.In July 2011—Apple yet again posted record QUARTELY revenues of $28.57 billion!.

So while Congress is locked in discussions of weather or not to increase the Debt Ceiling, Apple are currently locked in production of the iPhone 5 which will increase its Profit Ceiling. Read all about it here.

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