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"Intel's Achilles' heel is power, and while it is doing a lot to fix this problem, it is still way way behind ARM.Needless to say, if true, this would constitute a major shift in the industry. And since all major manufacturers are currently rolling out their brand new Intel Ivy Bridge-based 2012 hardware lines, this could have ramifications for consumers currently in the market for a new computer, especially if they were planning a significant investment with the expectation that the hardware would remain "future proof" at least for a few years. Whether this switch away from Intel turns out to be the case, and whether this will lead to the kind of premature obsolescence that attended Apple's 2006 switch from PowerPC to Intel chips, remains to be seen.
But now this power consumption philosophy is starting to influence those who run servers and from there it will almost certainly move into PCs. In the next couple of years there will be a chip war to see which is the best."