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I think Intel
In light of rampant smartphone sales, and the possibility that handheld computers might largely replace desktops and laptops somewhere in the next decade, that makes sense. You almost feel sorry for Otellini. Intel has largely stayed on the sidelines, watching Texas Instruments
But you know what? Don't cry for Intel, because Otellini brought this on himself. More than just missing out, Otellini was Intel's CEO when the company unloaded its XScale line of ARM chips to Marvell Technology
That was your own choice, Paul. Don't complain now.
Intel is pouring lots of research into getting Atom fit for the mobile battle now, but it missed out on the first couple of years of the smartphone rebellion. It's never too late to join the bandwagon, I guess, but Intel can never take the first-mover advantage away from ARM and its many licensees.
Does Intel have a shot at mobile leadership, or did that ship sail already? Discuss in the comments below.
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