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ARM Joins Consortium to Acquire MIPS Patents


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ARM just got, much, much stronger!!! They need to acquire VIA next if such a thing is possible and Intel will be really concerned then. That's the big prize I see in the PC world: VIA I was rooting for Nvidia to buy them but back then I kinda got the feeling that maybe it's impossible to do so...
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The fact that ARM licenses its technology to other companies puts it in a unique position, relative to Intel.
It could never compete with Intel by playing the game Intel's way, it's nowhere near large enough, from a financial point of view. But, by farming out its architectures to other companies, who spend the money to implement designs and fabricate the silicon, the ARM technology is just as widespread, if not more so, than Intel's x86 technology.
That by itself is a strength; its designs have widespread application and acceptance, much more so than Intel, looking at the big picture. Ultra low power operation, with low but reasonable performance per core, and very high performance per watt.
It's an interesting company. Just not interesting from the "raw home computing power" standpoint.
When you compare ARM to x86, its a comparison between simple elegance and a complex exercise of power.
Elegance always ends up winning, at least in part.