The war between Intel Corp. (INTC) and the alliance of chipmakers using ARM Holdings, Plc.'s (LON:ARM) titular core designs is heating up. Intel is the world's largest personal computer CPU maker, while ARM Holdings is the largest core licenser on the general CPU market, which includes everything from the chip in your dishwasher to automotive CPUs. The stage is set for the pair to duke it out at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.
I. Intel Bets on Its Process Technology
At CES the hot topic for Intel will be Medfield. Medfield is Intel's crack at an ultra-mobile x86 system-on-a-chip, a type of design that incorporates a CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O controllers all into a single die. Intel's hope is to eventually cut the platform's power consumption low enough to put it on smartphones [source; PDF].
Intel CEO Paul Otellini is expected to unveil smartphone designs in his keynote on Jan. 10. The pressing question is whether this technology is production ready, or still in the prototype phase.