Intel-based chips have been a dominant player in the market till date this might not be the scenario in the coming years as Arm has offered a rare peek at the performance expectations for its future processor architectures, and the figures might make Intel concerned.
According to the recent statements, ARM believes that its recently unveiled Cortex-A76 is competitive with Intel’s 2.6GHz Core i5-7300U. It expects its 2019 “Deimos” and 2020 “Hercules” designs to clearly outperform that CPU. It is said that the user can get “laptop-class” speed from a more efficient mobile chip, according to the company.
Though there are certain drawbacks in the roadmap. The figures don’t include Intel’s comparable 8th-generation Core chips that pack twice as many cores and could easily shrink the performance gap.
This is also based on one synthetic, integer-oriented benchmark not a broader suite of tests that would measure floating point math and other performance traits. ARM is putting its best foot forward rather than offering definitive proof.
Even so, it’s telling that ARM might be in the ballpark. There’s already talk of Qualcomm making a truly laptop-worthy Snapdragon in the near future — Deimos and Hercules could be fast enough that one might choose ARM-based PC for a speed advantage, not just longer battery life and that’s reason enough to make Intel a little edgy. Intel while still is struggling to make 10-nanometer chips at the same time as ARM is talking about 7nm and 5nm parts. If Intel can’t find a way to stay ahead, it may see big PC makers switching to ARM as they look for more powerful options.