Intel reverses course. 'ARM smokes us in power consumption'

From the "who is who’s bi-…lapdog" category, comes a nice little apology from Intel for recent comments made by some of their own.  Remember last week, two Intel execs (Shane Wall and Pankaj Kedia) slammed the iPhone for not having an adequate browser due the the ARM platform being inferior to Intel.  Today, those executives’ boss, Anand Chandrasekher, issued the following apology:

Anand Chandrasekher issued a correction on comments made by members of his team yesterday at Intel’s Developer Forum in Taiwan. As general manager of the Group responsible for Intel’s ultra-mobility products, he acknowledged that Intel’s low-power Atom processor does not yet match the battery life characteristics of the ARM processor in a phone form factor; and, that while Intel does have plans on the books to get us to be competitive in the ultra low power domain – we are not there as yet. Secondly, Apple’s iPhone offering is an extremely innovative product that enables new and exciting market opportunities. The statements made in Taiwan were inappropriate, and Intel representatives should not have been commenting on specific customer designs.

Wow.  This leads us to believe that you sure could make a much better netbook with a ARM processor than an Intel one …we think.


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