The Most Important IT Hardware Headquarters In The World
|ARM Headquarters - Cambridge UK|
According to the latest punditry tablets will outsell PCs in 2015. Seriously though - smart phones are already more used and more powerful than PCs were only a few years ago. When you add the two together (after all, tablets are just big smartphones) then PCs are looking a small player in the user end of the IT market. Macs and Linux machines don't make much difference to the figures. Basically, phone/tablets (let's call them phablets) are taking over the world.
They run on ARM
Whilst AMD and Intel slog it out at the server side, they have precious little traction in the phablet market - only a few percent. Nothing is going to change this because... why should it? Intel is all about the x86 and x86_64 architecture as is AMD. This architecture is hopelessly bad at low power. Lots of work can make it a bit better - but it is always going to be playing catch up with ARM.
ARM don't make chips - they license the intellectual property; but so what? The point is that the world is already owned by ARM technology. If Skynet were to happen tomorrow, it would run on ARM.
Now - I spend every working day squeezing nanoseconds from Intel based instruction sets. It is fun and it will continue to be critical because ARM has had little impact on the server side. The ARM architecture is not great for the server. New tech' like their silicon-photonics and super fast SSDs will all help Intel to consolidate their position on the server side. I hope AMD will do similar things as well. But - and it is a big BUT, that little office in Cambridge is the headquarters of the most important IT hardware company in the world right now.