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The Coming War: ARM versus x86

Editor’s note: Following the IDC Market Research that expects to see ARM capturing 13% of PC marketshare, as well as Intel’s knee jerk leak on Windows 8 for ARM – we’ve decided to republish our article on ARM versus X86, an excellent analysis by our Microarchitecture expert, Mr. Van Smith. Van is also working on a follow up article which will be published in the next couple of weeks.  IntroductionIn this in-depth analysis, we will discuss the emerging competition between ARM and x86 microprocessors. Led by the Intel Atom, x86 chips are quickly migrating downwards into embedded, low-power environments, while ARM CPUs are beginning to flood upwards