Intel slams iPhone ARM processor

Intel slams iPhone ARM processor

Summary: At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) this week in Taipei the company claimed that the iPhone is not capable of receiving the "full Internet."Intel vice president of mobility Shane Wall teamed with colleague Pankaj Kedia, the chipmaker's ultra-mobility ecosystems director, in lambasting the iPhone as a device dependent on technology that's a full two to three years behind that which Intel can offer.

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At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) this week in Taipei the company claimed that the iPhone is not capable of receiving the "full Internet."

Intel vice president of mobility Shane Wall teamed with colleague Pankaj Kedia, the chipmaker's ultra-mobility ecosystems director, in lambasting the iPhone as a device dependent on technology that's a full two to three years behind that which Intel can offer.

"If you want to run full internet, you're going to have to run an Intel-based architecture," Wall told the gathering of engineers. He said the "iPhone struggles" when tasked with running "any sort of application that requires any horse power."

Intel was promoting its upcoming Moorestown platform for next-generation mobile Internet devices (MIDs).

(Source: AppleInsider)

Topics: Browser, Intel, iPhone, Mobility, Processors

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  • What a nut job

    You need Intel to access the internet? These guys are as lame as Microsoft, and as greedy.
    GoPower
    • He's a salesman

      Sorry... didn't mean to be redundant.
      Michael Kelly
  • Well

    Intel would say that wouldn't they.
    Alan Smithie
  • RE: Intel slams iPhone ARM processor

    very very stupid salesman.... Intel needs to hire someone a bit smarter.

    make sales off the strong points, not off of lies.
    doh123
  • Masters of spin

    Apple knows how to sell inferior technology at higer price to simple-minded people who think one mouse button is better than three!
    no nonsense
    • Or simple minded people who need three to do the job of one :-) (nt).

      nt.
      A Grain of Salt
  • disregard

    nt
    no_zd_user_name
  • It runs the Internet better than any other device its size.

    "He said the 'iPhone struggles' when tasked with running 'any sort of application that requires any horse power.'"

    Since when did the Internet require any sort of horse power? It's just fancy formatted text!

    Truth be known, the fact that the iPhone is running a full Safari implementation makes it run the Internet better than any other device its size. Every other device that small ships with a slimmed down "mobile" browser that either implements half of real HTML or implements an insanely bad form of HTML known as WAP, which websites will detect and immediately turn off 99.9% of their functionality and pretend my non-phone mobile device is a phone. ZDNet, you are one of the offenders - I can't use talkback on my mobile device!! It's an utterly degrading experience.

    Right now, the iPhone has the best internet experience of [b]any[/b] device its size. There is no "full internet" on any other device its size.
    CobraA1
  • RE: Intel slams iPhone ARM processor

    Actually Shane Wall of Intel is technically correct.
    Remember that Steve Jobs had a working iPhone in Jan.
    2007. That would mean that design would have been done
    in 2006. I believe that design took place about two years
    ago. So for Intel to say that it is an old processor, today,
    that would be technically correct. But Intel could not have a
    processor two years ago that is two years ahead.

    Notice that Shane Wall said, "full two to three years behind
    that which Intel can offer". Two things: first, he didn't say
    what Intel _did_ offer at the time. Second, he doesn't say
    that Intel _can_ offer, which implies but doesn't directly say
    that they _do_ offer.

    Jason O'Grady said that "Intel was promoting its upcoming
    Moorestown platform for next-generation mobile Internet
    devices (MIDs)" which means it is not yet out. Probably it
    will come out in OEM quantities next year, and devices that
    actually use the chip will be around while the iPhone would
    be fully two years old.

    Nothing is indicating that Steve didn't ask Intel, if they had
    a processor in the pipeline and at that time ARM had a
    processor ready.

    Also, no one is stating the current battery technology
    would have any reasonable usable time with Intel's future
    offering. They could just be betting that better battery
    technology is going to be there when this gets to market.
    Chip power usually is inversely proportional to battery life.
    I didn't see the announcement in full, but was that even
    asked.

    What Shane Wall is saying is that we missed the
    opportunity to sell a chip to Apple. So is blaming Apple for
    picking a different processor provider. Also, this is
    implying that ARM are just resting on their laurels, too
    many companies and countries are involved and they won't
    let it stagnate, and not improving their design. So future
    Intel vs. ARM snapshot of the past.
    ManoaHI