3 startups that showcase the future of chips

If we’re going to create an Internet of things that connects back to a cloud powered by millions of servers, the chip world will have to change to reduce power consumption, shrink in size and embrace new architectures. Here are three startups that showcase these shifts.

Can Android Save Intel in a World of ARM Devices?

As smartphone adoption surpasses traditional computer sales, Intel’s time to crack the mobile market continues to expire. Losing Nokia’s focus on MeeGo hasn’t helped, so at this point, Google’s Android platform may be the chipmaker’s best bet, even though that solution is a long shot too.

Intel Plans a Macro Push Around Micro Servers

Intel isn’t letting ARM, VIA, or a bunch of startups run away with its server business. Today it outlined its plans for the micro server category and said it would create server chips with power consumptions as low as 10 watts per processor by 2012.

4 Actions Microsoft Can Take With an ARM License

ARM and Microsoft today announced a new licensing partnership giving Microsoft more research and development opportunities with chips that run many of today’s consumer electronics devices. What could Microsoft do with such a license? A Windows port for mobiles, servers and gaming are all possible ideas.

163 Million Smartbooks In 2015 — And None With x86

The definition of a smartbook varies depending on who you ask, but ABI Research is sure about one thing — most of the smartbook devices sold in 2015 won’t have Intel inside. Here’s why the perfect storm of mobile ARM computing is coming to a head.

Has Intel Reached the Limits of x86?

Intel will rethink the market for its Larrabee chip, once destined to be a graphics processor. Does its failure to make an x86-based GPU mean that it’s reaching the limits of x86 computing as we take our devices to extremes on the low and high end?