Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129
Atom has been pretty successful, despite how fail it is.
AMD Fusion is going to kill it on x86 for netbooks.
One of the original purpose of Atom was for products that were even lower-power than netbooks.... smartphones and tablets. It isn't making any in-roads there.
Originally Posted by BizzareRide
How is it fail? It has good per watt performance. Its only disparaging compared to Zacate which isn't even on the market yet. Atom has been around for 2+ years now.
The question is, do they need to? They still have desktop, notebook, and server so I don't think they're scared just yet. Heightened yes, scared no.
Besides, we should wait and see what Atom 2.0 has to offer before we write Intel off.
Nvidia on the other hand... They lac a central processor, chipset(in the desktop space), and an APU.
While the Atom has a good performance per watt ratio... the performance itself is lacking. The Atom platforms severly lack in GPU performance. Try running a 720p video on one or watch Hulu. I would think these are relatively simple expectations from a portable device.
* Desktop space is stagent. Performance is "good enough" for most people.
* Notebook space is also good enough now.... the focus is now on power. While Intel has hold on this, smartphones and tablets will erode their position.
* ARM-based servers are now being sold. One minor demand in the server world is not servers with big powerful processors... but one with lots of weaker processors.
Intel has know about the converence of CPUs and GPUs for years. They can't get a manycore processor built for the masses. AMD has Fusion.... and it could pay off big in a few years.
NVIDIA is definitely scaried.... that's why they are moving so agressively with ARM.