This article from ARS Technica covers recent announcements by ARM for laptop class CPUs. Given that ARM hasn’t been overly successful in server/data centre, could they repurpose some of that technology to laptops ?
The A76 being a 2018 product – and we should be hearing more on the first commercial devices on 7nm towards the end of the year and coming months, Deimos is its 2019 successor aiming at more wide-spread 7nm adoption.
The article shows that current generation of laptops CPUs are about 50% the capability of Intel Core i5 and makes the claim of 2.5x increasing in 3 years. There are few reasons to doubt ARM can do this based on past execution. The issue of demand from OEM’s to will depend on IOT edge devices more than Microsoft Windows. I consider that the wider range of low power use cases and needs in IOT devices is likely to ramp production volumes needed to make the price competitive.
Why I Care ? I am strongly attached to MacOS and the app ecosystem. An ARM-based MacBook is possible if the roadmap can be delivered. Apple announced an emulator capability so that iOS apps will be able to run on MacOS. I speculate that such an emulator could be a customer/field test for a compatibility software layer of x86 apps.
Arm Unveils Client CPU Performance Roadmap Through 2020 – Taking Intel Head On : https://www.anandtech.com/show/13226/arm-unveils-client-cpu-performance-roadmap