Intel under siege

Intel is suffering a lot of setbacks these days.

During CES 11, Microsoft announced that Windows 8 will be ported on Arm architecture, hence breaking Intel’s near monopoly on PC for decades.

On the tablet side, they have been overtaken by Nvidia and its very successful dual core Tegra2 chip. No leading Tablet platform is featuring an Intel processor.

Now the main looser of the recent Microsoft and Nokia alliance seems again to be Intel.

  • Intel and Nokia were developing together Meego, a Linux platform for the next generation of mobile computing devices. The future of this platform now seems a bit uncertain as Nokia is betting on Windows Phone 7 as its high-end platform
  • Currently Windows Phone 7 works only with Qualcomm chipsets (QSD8650 family aka Snapdragon), so Nokia will have to work with Qualcomm unless Microsoft ports WP7 on Intel or other chipsets.

The computing industry is getting mobile, and Intel seems to have dramatically missed this change. Having power hungry processor just doesn’t fly anymore.

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