Intel: Tablet takeover rumor is nothing but "bunk"

  • Intel CEO Paul Otellini has rebuffed claims that the traditional PC market is slowly being asphyxiated by a steady onslaught of sleek and sexy ARM-powered tablets.

    "[The idea that] PCs are dead and tablets are going to eat our lunch and there's no growth in the PC market, [well], let me just say 'bunk' to that," Otellini stated in a conference call attended and transcribed by Reuters.

    Otellini also noted that ARM did not actually manufacture its own RISC-based chips, as the processors were routinely churned out by 1,200 licensees. 

    "There's no architecture consistency," he said.

    "It is a big expensive, hard job to create persistence in your architecture over multiple generations: [but] that's what we do exceptionally well."

    In addition, Otellini seemed rather unfazed by ARM's tentative forays into the server market and opined that "AMD was much more potent" as a server competitor than ARM would ever be.

    "I [really] don't see anytime soon ARM having the software capability, the computer architecture, the transistor performance to be able to become a factor in servers."

    Finally, Otellini emphasized that Intel had not given up on its MeeGo operating system, which was recently ditched by Nokia in favor of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.

    "[Yes], we will find another partner. The carriers still want a third ecosystem and the carriers want an open ecosystem, and that's the thing that drives our motivation," he added.

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