Faster performance for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets is always a plus - assuming battery life doesn't suffer as a result.
The launch of Intel's Clover Trail Windows 8 tablets has reportedly been postponed due to Santa Clara's failure to deliver a critical software patch designed to conserve precious mobile battery life.
"Clover Trail is massive, so big that it is not economically viable in the markets [Intel] is fighting for."
Santa Clara has debuted its "first wave" of x86 Windows 8 tablets and convertible designs based on Intel's Core vPro, Core and Atom processors - including the new Atom SoC Z2760 formerly codenamed Clover Trail.
AMD is readying its low-power x86 Jaguar core for an August debut at Hot Chips 2012.
Intel is hoping to claim significant tablet market share with its dual-core x86 Clover Trail SoCs - which could power a new generation of Windows 8 devices.