This year Intel does not release a new CPU architecture. It is not clear why Intel has not released its new Broadwell CPU architecture. The new 14nm manufacturing process is mainly responsible for the performance improvement.
AMD and Intel have been competing in the PC and the server world for the past 10 years. However, with the emergence of ARM in this segment, the two companies are adopting arther different strategies. Intel is working hard to improve the power efficiency of its chips mainly through improved process and manufacturing. It wants to be competitive in the tablet segment where it has gained very little ground so far.
AMD is not targeting the tablet segment but rather focusing on the server market. It takes a bold bet by combining x86 and ARM architecture on a single die called Skybridge. This is a very daring and pragmatic approach. Acknowledging that ARM is continuously gaining momentum in the server industry, AMD is trying to get the best of both worlds x86 and ARM.
Other targets for the Skybridge chip are networking products.
Intel finally understands that feeding the Android eco-system can strengthen its position. This is why they have released a 64-bit port of KitKat. Let’s wait and see if this was the right move for the company to get more ground into the smartphone and tablet space.
Intel provides an affordable version of its Minnowboard. Their target is hobbyist but also developers who want to prototype. The board is well equipped in IO capabilities (PCIe, SATA for instance) and is deemed suitable for protoyping or developing files servers and network devices. It is delivered under a create commons license and comes with a Yocto distribution. This is great step from Intel to get towards the contribute to small and medium projects. BayLibre likes it!
The trend for 2014 for the SoC market is described here. It tells us about how 2014 is about adding more cores and controlling the power consumption. We do not necessarily agree with the opinion of the journalist. The market grows in the mid-range while volumes stagnate on the high range segment. The journalist believes very much in Nvidia, less in Intel and a little in Qualcomm when we would bet more on Qualcomm for their integrated approach and on Mediatek. We also believe Rockchip will be a key player. So in a nutshell after the race for the higher clock, now is the time for the race for the higher number of cores. Let the game begin.
The author share a very unique perspective about the market for SoC in the automotive industry. Despite the 100 millions in revenues claimed by Nvidia, this article claims that in the future there will be little if no use for sophisticated SoC. The point made is about the location of the intelligence in the car. He claims that the smart phone will continue to be the center of connectivity with the rest of the world and that it will contain all the CPU hungry features while the car will become a dumb terminal.