We suppose industry analysts must be paid on account of just how grand their prognostications are. ABI Research
know-it-alls have come out with their own spectacular claim today by asserting their expectation that x86 processors -- still dominant the world over -- will be swept aside in the rapidly developing "ultra-mobile device" space by the ascension of ARM-based processing architectures. That the Cortex CPUs have grown in popularity (and power
) is undeniable, but who realistically expects Intel to sit back and watch all this happen? The x86 patriarch has even gone and created an Atom SDK
, so we hardly expect the forecast table above to become reality. We're just happy to see that ARM's lower power profile
is attracting investment -- it's always good to see a threat to Santa Clara's chokehold on the CPU market, and AMD's sleepwalking through the past few months hasn't helped things. Now if only those Tegra 2 smartbooks
were on retail shelves instead of inside prototype shells, we could get started on this supposed revolution.