Plumbing for Semis – Arm and SiFive are M&A targets, they provide crucial plumbing for almost all chips today, and their ultimate fate will have a big impact on the industry.
Intel 2.0’s Customer Dilemma – If Intel can sort out its manufacturing process, if it can find the funds it needs, if it can build up a true customer service capability, and if can do all this in under three years, then IFS may be viable.
Intel Selects Option C – All of the Above – Intel is going to invest $20 billion in manufacturing and open up its fabs to outside foundry customers. A bold confident signal, now they just have to execute on it.
Could? Should? Would? – In which we totally make up a scenario in which mobile operating systems get better.
Margin Stacking and the Cost of AI – How much of the value of “AI” will accrue to hardware makers who have to add significant silicon content to make their products stand out.
Heterogeneous Compute – The competitive dynamics of the processor markets were static for years, but the demand for “AI” and the emergence of new customers/competitors means the market for all processors is likely to shift considerably in coming years.
CNBC reported late last week that Qualcomm has objected to Nvidia’s proposed acquisition of Semis IP licensor Arm. According to this somewhat thinly sourced report, the US FTC regulators have […]
It’s a Trap – Intel published a set of benchmarks that purport to show their chips actually outperform Apple’s M1. We use this example as a primer in all the shortcomings of Benchmarks as a Marketing tool. TL;DR – the Apple M1 is probably very good.
Arm CPUs are Eating the World – Twitter is moving to AWS and using Arm-based CPUs, a major milestone in the advance of Arm into the data center and really bad news for Intel.
Apple is Building its Own Modem (Redux) – When (not if) Apple builds its own modem, they will be able to boast better performance, battery life and advanced communications features (think Blue bubbles, but for phone calls).