Although the consumer-grade desktop processors and servers and other commercial processor market, Intel has been in a state of strong invincibility, but the mobile processor, but has been severely rubbed by the ARM architecture on the ground, although there are mobile phones before Manufacturers launched Atom processor-powered mobile phones, and once a single-core dual-core, dual-core and quad-core such stories, but the market performance has been worrying. Finally did not escape the fate of the project development.
Atom - Intel's abandoned son
In 2008, Intel released ultra low voltage mobile processor Atom series, the first Atom processor-based products are Samsung's 7-inch mini PC products Q1, which is Intel's Atom series of expectations - in the portable class Low-power PC products to lay the foundation. In those years the major manufacturers have also introduced a lot of Atom processor equipped with products, such as the Internet and the like. dim250wks06
But after 2012, with the performance requirements for mobile computers increasingly high, it seems that Atom can not satisfy the appetite of consumers. So Intel is also conform to the trend, the Atom's development path to adjust the direction of the mobile processor, followed by around 2012, we continue to Asus, Lenovo and other manufacturers of mobile phones and flat products Atom processor to see the shadow.
But the PC market and lost to their own Core i series is not the same, in the mobile market, Atom ushered in the crazy ARM blow. At the time of the mobile processor market ARM is already a dominant, the market share of up to 95%. Intel wanted to enter this market a share, combined with other manufacturers launched a large number of equipped with Atom processor Andrews and WM mobile phones. I did not expect the market to Intel poured a pot of cold water, because in the power, heat and compatibility, poor performance, consumer evaluation of the relevant models is very low, the product sales are almost stagnant.
Although after the Intel mobile processor in the top of the allocation of a huge subsidy of $ 1 billion to encourage manufacturers to use their own Soc, but this vomiting big sale did not win a little market share for Intel, but in a few years saw the lead Mobile business losses of more than 70 billion dollars. So earlier this year, Intel completely abolished the Broxton and SoFIA two Atom processor product line development. The two product lines are released by the end of 13 years, this is the follow-up products Atom, but after repeated bounce, and finally escape death. pm45502c
However, the face of such a mobile processor has a huge prospect of the market can not be hard on, a few days ago, Intel client and the Internet of things president Wen Kata Lundu Jintala said Intel will not easily withdraw from the smart Mobile processor market, but a change in strategy, to give up the baseband and mobile processor package for sale, to stop the development of Soc, to sell a separate baseband chip. According to previous reports, Apple's iPhone 7 mobile phones have confirmed the use of Intel LTE baseband, and Intel baseband price of $ 33.9, which can be compared to Intel's mobile phone before the sale of property sales jumped more.
In addition to these general consumers will not know the supply chain penetration, Intel is also actively promote their products outside the mobile device in places outside force, the server and smart wear market is with the large data, cloud computing and Internet of things Outbreak and sustained growth, do a good job of these markets is more important for Intel. After all, in the mobile phone and tablet market, ARM's ecological already built, but in the cloud computing platform and Internet of things such as the rise of the platform in recent years, ARM's influence is not large, Intel can gain an advantage, ARM in the relevant industry before the establishment of their own ecosystem.
In the mobile device market, Intel is no longer thinking about using their own X86 architecture with ARM competition, but want to do with the ARM - ARM and Intel announced that 10nm foundry in close cooperation. However, this has not finished, Lun Jintara in an interview that does not rule out the expansion of cooperation with the ARM processor, but he did not mention what is more in-depth cooperation means. This also reflects the Intel's not willing to do, but you do not want to throw away this piece of meat and potatoes with mobile devices.
I believe many readers read this story will have a question, why in the desktop processor market invincible X86 architecture fought mobile processor after it failed?
First of all, we need to clear the fact that the mobile processor market can not escape the junction is the Andrews system, and Atom processor into the market, all Android APP development is based on the ARM architecture, although most Android applications are based on Dalvik Java code development, and the code is run through the virtual machine, it stands to reason that will not appear in the X86 compatibility issues. But Google allows developers to use the native C language code, and developers in the preparation of native code does not take into account when the X86 architecture (so Intel is still blame themselves into the market too late), so as long as the developers use the native code , Then the application is not compatible with X86, which resulted in x86 compatibility platform Andrews platform.
While Intel claims that Atom's "binary conversion" feature can solve this problem, but after statistics, Andrews platform, nearly 70% of the application developers have their own compiled code, the game even as high as 90%, so the use of Atom Platform Andrews devices, the processor needs to continue to binary conversion. The ruthless fact is here, in the use of binary conversion function, 1.6GHz Atom even 1GHz ARM architecture processor level, however, the performance decreased by more than 60%.
Here, you know why the X86's Atom bad so, compatibility issues make the processor in its own performance on all the advantages are no longer exist, when you run the same application, you need to call other processors twice Of the computing resources, then even if your processor is strong, but also can not avoid excessive power consumption and performance waste.
Therefore, the author point of view, the Andrews ecosystem has been very mature on the basis of Intel to give up on the mobile device with the ARM against the dry is very wise to switch to and Qualcomm, Samsung and ARM, but for their own cooperation is to win market share Good way, this way will their competitors into a high-pass and Samsung, the processor manufacturer, Intel has never been false from who.
After all, after the failure of the mobile market, Intel should understand - the difference between different architectures, the structure of the structure of the X86 architecture is also a very good choice, Is not so easy to fill the.