Remember those days when we used to have Pocket PC”s, when owning meant having a PDA and pointing stick.Well ironically, those Pocket PC devices were based on ARM CPU cores. Yes, Intel made ARM chips back then.
Today, of course, the idea of the Pocket PC seems pretty quaint. It’s all about iPhone’s Galaxies,Xperia’s and Htc’s plus the tussle between iOS and Android. But you know what? I think the notion of a PC in your pocket is just about to become relevant again[it’s a possibility] with the new Intel Atom chip code-named “Silvermont” i’d say that it’s definitely going to happen.But you can’t be too sure nowadays with ‘bogus’ tech rumors floating around in the airwaves today, it almost makes it too hard to believe in whatever little information you may find on the internet.
But just sit back a little and imagine what smartphones with more support and features will be like? Especially when compared to the one’s we all know or use[i’d say it’s gonna be pretty damn epic].And with smartphones becoming more and more like PC’s everyday who knows what will happen[maybe smartphones will be able to run PC files? i’m just saying ]…Intel’s new chip-sets might even be used in Windows 8 pc’s and tablets but for that to happen,this new Atom chip will have to surpass it’s predecessors[old Atom chips] in speed,data execution and data management and that seems not to be problematic as Intel have tweaked Silvermont in various other ways, too, for additional performance. Net result? Very probably an ultra-mobile x86 chip that delivers on that ancient Pocket PC promise.
The impact of all this will be multi-pronged. First up, I’m hoping it will mean cheap tablets running Windows 8 will be properly usable. Personally, I wouldn’t fancy anything running Windows 8 on the existing Atom chips. They’re just too feeble.Then there’s Silvermont in a smartphone handset. Atom already compares pretty well to the best smartphone chips, so Silvermont is shaping up to absolutely blow them away.Frankly, Intel needs nothing less if it’s to break into the smartphone market. Being merely as good or a bit better isn’t enough to wean everyone off their ARM addiction in the smartphone arena.
So, Silvermont could give Intel the leg up it needs in smartphones. But it also reboots that age-old idea of device convergence.